Important author's note: I'm writing this author's note at the end of 2014, nearly four years after Apple's release and the same year it began to grow in popularity.
Normally I believe a story should be left to a reader's interpretation and author's notes should be left out of the final product or reserved for the end of the series. But I feel that Apple needs a proper introduction that can't be given through a simple preface.
You're probably asking yourself why you should read Apple and while I can't give you a clear answer I'd love if you gave it a chance. Apple is my life's work. It's meant to make you laugh, make you cry, and capture many moments in life that you don't always get to see in stories. Apple isn't like anything else out there. It can be extremely silly with constant fourth wall breaks but also carries a serious overarching story that won't make itself clear until sometime after chapter 20. Apple isn't for you if you're not a big fan of humor and tragedy or if you're sensitive to darker themes like abuse or anything related to the occult.
I try my best not to make Apple "preachy" (Hate that word) or bias toward certain opinions, I have a strong faith in God and I believe that might show itself a lot during certain scenes. Often times while writing Apple I'd feel a struggle in my faith. Should write it in a way that censors my beliefs or should hide issues sensitive to Christian audiences. I ultimately decided on doing neither and it wasn't until recently when Apple started taking on a progressively darker tone that I decided to make that decision final. I want to write Apple with no regrets. I'd like to keep the darker scenes as sort of a commentary on human nature and if I leave out my own voice then Apple won't feel like by story anymore. Whether you believe in God or not please don't make this what makes or breaks Apple for you. Now onto the story.
In this world there is Heaven and Hell. The devil used to be an angel trusted by God but eventually the Devil became power hungry and tried to overthrow him. For this crime he was kicked out of Heaven, where he would never be allowed to return.
Slowly and secretly, the Devil began recruiting people for his army to overthrow God, plotting for the day that he would wage an all out war on Heaven. The return of Jesus is promised when this time arrives.
In a small town in Canada lived a bald old man who married a bald old woman, and the two had three children; one of them is named Harold, a character that you are soon to learn more about.
The Bald Old Man studied the bible obsessively, until the day that he realized he needed to get stronger in order to fight in the war. So without a word, he left his wife to take care of their three children by herself.
Twenty years later, the Bald Old Man returned having mastered magic. This was when he tracked down his son Harold and brought him and three other boys to the Magic World to pass on his knowledge.
The four of them were willing to learn magic in order to become more powerful, but even though they would cooperate, none of the teens trusted each other.
If the four couldn't work together his army was better off with only one member, so the Bald Old Man said the only thing he could think of to solve the problem.
He told them that the last of the four alive would have the power to "rule the world". He knew this wasn't the best, it was a horrible idea, but he hoped that eventually the anger would pass and the four would come to their senses and realize they couldn't let anger and revenge blind them from their common goal in life.
Sadly, that wasn't the case. The four left the Magic World and began training in the Human World. Harold, upon leaving fell in love and stopped using his magic, fully aware that if he ever encounters anyone he trained with again, they'd have to be prepared for war.
~ phantom130 5 (August 2011)