To my most beloved readers,

Firstly, you must know that the reason I have kept this story going is because of you. Its existence is owed to your constant interest and enthusiasm. You've put up with me through months of up-datelessness, and I apologize for being so infrequent with my updates. I am a reader to, so I should know better! In short, I am the luckiest writer on this site to have so many fantastic readers and reviewers.

This story is much older than you think. The concepts and ideas for it came about five years ago, when the Newsies-phenomenon first entered my life. Almost all the original characters are based off of real people, whose characteristics and personalities have been added to or built on in order to create the characters we know and love in this story. I draw my inspiration from books, film, and real life situations, as every writer does. If you are curious about any character, scene, theme, plot happenings, or just have a random question, please do not hesitate to e-mail me. I respond to all personal e-mail from my reviewers, and I would absolutely love to hear from you and will answer your questions as generously as I can.

Letting do of this story is very difficult for me to do, considering it has been a constant in my life for so many years. Hopefully you won't forget it, and will have taken something from it to keep and treasure, be it a character or message. I'll most likely be going through some serious separation anxiety from this story in the coming weeks, so I'll be jumping on any opportunity to write more about this story.

Again, I owe everything to you—you have my great admiration and sincere thanks,

Lefty Higgins