"Once More to Kitty Hawk" began as a simple "what if?" What if people didn't really die? What if they simply faded out of this existence, leaking their selves and their memories into the world around them? Its original title was "Transitions," and in the earliest draft it was a young couple suffering the transitioning of the fellow. Right away I thought that was too maudlin, so I rewrote it as a father/son relationship. Upon reflection, I don't think that made it any less tragic. I'm not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or two while writing it.
I've only been to Kitty Hawk once, but I remember enjoying it. I'd very much like to go back someday.