For my wife, and muse. You're extraordinary.

All good things must come to an end. Thank you for joining me on this journey, and especially for all your kind words. There will be other tales, in time.

To those who said that these words made them cry: thank you, particularly. There's no greater human endeavour than the pursuit and nurturing of love. Whatever of that emotion came through here, it was from how I feel about my wife.

In every Castle story, there are clues – and this one is no exception. It contains a secret.

If you find it, Detective, you'll know who I am – and if you know who I am, you'll know how to contact me.

If you manage to do that, I'll send you an e-book version of this entire story, for your Kindle, phone, tablet, or computer.

Either way, be sure to favourite this story, so you have it ready when the days shorten, the temperature falls, and we once again approach the closing of the year.

Thanks for reading.

- RedGrayBall / ?

28th February, 2015