April2006

Hello minna-san! It's been a very long time, hasn't it? Has it really been a year and a half since the epilogue was published? A lot has happened since then, and life has gotten a lot busier, but I've never really forgotten this story, nor the numerous requests I've gotten for a sequel of some sort to be written. It's always seemed to me like this story never quiet reached its full potential, that there's still so much that can be done with it.

Obviously, being the lazy person that I am, I never really followed up on this. A month ago, however, I was looking through my old files as I moved them from my old computer to my new one. I came across the Word files of "Soul's Last Mission," and something just said, "you know, it would be a shame to leave the story as it is."

And so, I began the long, frustrating process of editing the original manuscripts of this story, adding parts, correcting mistakes, fixing the chapters up a bit. As a result of my renewed interest, I also began what was supposed to be a short sequel to the story.

I guess basically, what the two main points of this note are:

This story has now been edited to the best of my ability. Old readers may notice the changes that have been added, especially that I have taken out all of those author's notes at the beginning and end of each chapter. (Yeah, those were just…really hard to look at…) If you find any mistakes whatsoever, TELL ME! It is my wish to make this story error-free. I tried to leave most of the original work alone, so the story would stay as it was when I first started to tell it. I had the hardest time refraining from changing humongous chunks of material, as I have now adopted an almost entirely different style of writing. Really, looking back now, this writing is somewhat embarrassing…but I do want it to stay true to its author, the twelve-year-old who had only just begun to scratch the surface of the art of writing.

A new sequel has been added. "O'chibi to Oyabaka" is a collection of stories depicting Shadow's growing-up years. It picks up from when the original story left off. I had given up on writing a long-chapter sequel. I've always liked short stories better anyway. I'm hoping this can be round-robin fic, meaning, if you have any ideas, you can send them to me, or write up the actual story then send it to me, and I'll post it. If I did this by myself, I'm sure there'll be, like, an update once a year. So please help me out! Only requirements are that the stories must be short – no more than three chapters – and must take place AFTER the story's end.

That's all. I really hope you all enjoy the new sequel!