Okay, so firstly let me start by apologising for once again posting an A/N as a chapter; I know this technically isn't allowed, but unfortunately I was unsure how else to get the message out to everyone.
Recently I have received several messages asking when I'm going to update this fic again, and I have replied to each as honestly as I could at the time; I'm sorry for taking so long, but I've been working on an update and hopefully I'll get around to posting it soon. However, this is no longer the correct response; if any of you are wondering, this fic will probably never again be updated.
I am sorry for this, but there are reasons. I was unsure as to how much detail I should give, but after all the support I was given last time I thought I owed it to you all to be honest. Unfortunately, my mother is terminally ill, and has been for some time; this is why my updates have been so sporadic over the last few years. Recently, however, her health has begun to rapidly deteriorate, and whilst she does still have a few years left with us, I hope you can all understand that I wish to make the most of every minute of our time together. My siblings and I have become full time carers, and because we still have to deal with school (it's exam season soon) and our social lives etc etc I just don't have enough time on my hands to keep writing this story; and, to be completely honest with you, right now I lack the motivation too.
I have been half-heartedly working on some mini-projects which might get posted at some point, but I just don't have as much time to write any more. I might pick up this story in a few months when things settle down a bit, but I cannot say for sure that I will – I really am sorry.
I wish to thank you all for your continued support and patience – and, of course, all the lovely comments you've left for me over the years. I can't even begin to express how much I appreciate it, so here *hands out cookies*. My many, many, many thanks!
Just so you all know, I won't be deleting this story. I am still rather proud of it, and some small part of me is hoping I will one day return to finish it. Until that day, however, I must bid you all farewell.