wrote a book that has never been published.
Some of the
scenes in the movie were based on the book and Monica Potter used
the book to understand the relationship between the two of them.
is the prologue from the book which will never go into print.
Mary that people send emails to inquire about the book or messages
that they'd like forwarded.
Mary responded: "As
far as the website and forwarding e-mail, I would prefer
it if you ignored these requests. I no longer use my old
telephone number for the very reason that I really don't want
to be contacted by people asking about Steve. I've
moved on. I've got plenty going on in my life right now."
Cover Designed by Jim Scheller
Memories come and go like the mists of time, like the ghost of
a thought, like the ghost in this story. In this ghost story,
however, there are no mansions on dark nights, no vapors in attics,
nor glowing-eyed demons peering from black corners. Yet,
there are as many moments of mystery as the Gothic tales of the
This is the story of a famous young man, an athlete whose influence
went far beyond his physical prowess. This book is a compilation
of my memories of this man, Steve Prefontaine, who was for a number
of years, my boyfriend, my best friend. While writing this
book, I remembered some things about him as vividly as though
they had just occurred, rather than 20 years ago. I remembered
each exact word of things we said to each other. I remembered
every particular of some places we visited and what we did there.
Sometimes, however I couldn't recall both communications and scenes
in complete detail. In those situations, I took liberties
and combined places and conversations. I did remain as true
to the spirit of these events as I possibly could.
Although this is a love story, there will be no fairy tale ending.
This story begins and ends in death. It is about the contracts
we make with other humans, before, during and after life.
These are the bonds that are too strong even for life to break.
These are the promises that are not forgotten even in death.
This story is about my search for understanding of what these
promises entail, how to live with and fulfill them.
I am not an expert on the paranormal, neither am I psychic in
any sense more than each of us are about ourselves and those we
love. I had a lot of help in my search for the reason of
my haunting by Steve, as well as the meaning of my life.
If you are embarking on a similar quest, I recommend that you
look in the bibliography listed in the back of this book for assistance.
While I make no claims to know for certain what happens in the
afterlife, I am certain that this book is true -- my truth.
For everyone has their own truths, especially about how we see
other people, even the people we will love until the end of eternity.
Mary E. Marckx