A note about how this story was written: I (Russ) wrote the first chapter on a whim, and e-mailed it to my friend Mike, asking him to write the second chapter. From that point on, we alternated, with Mike writing the even chapters and myself writing the odd ones. The only rule of this little game was that we could not discuss where the story was going. It became a fun challenge to throw each other curveballs and cliffhangers with each new chapter, and try to take the story in new and interesting directions. What we ended up with was a story that surprised both of us with how cohesive it turned out to be, and with the insights we were able to find into some of the characters. We hope you enjoy it!