A/N: Whew! Glad that's done! And before you all yell at me for it not being a real ending...I planned it that way. They're happy and in love, and life goes on. Theirs will. There may be an occasional post-TPDGA ficlet in the future, but right now I'm pretty much done with this universe. (And yes, actually, I know exactly what happens to them after this...I might even write it down someday!)
Long-winded thanks time:
Thank you to everyone who reviewed! I've tried to reply to many of you, and I wish I could thank you all individually, but for space reasons, I'm going to refrain from doing so. But all your words definitely did not go unappreciated! Thank you!
Special huggles to Emily, Amy, Mahoney, and Banfennid, without whom much of this wouldn't have come about. (Especially the last two chapters.) You rock my socks! And to Tinka, for being quietly enthusiastic and eternally cool.
Thanks to my bosses for not firing my ass, considering all the time I spent writing while I should have been working.
I never, ever thought that this would become the epic, 100 000+ word novella that it is - it was going to be a short little 5 chapter story, until I realized at the end of chapter 4 that what I wanted to write was NOT going to fit into another 20 page chapter. It just kept getting longer, and longer, and longer...I didn't think I could write so much, never mind finish something even remotely novel-length. I feel quite proud, really. *pats self on back*
I did a fair bit of research for this story, and I should credit some of the sites that were very, very useful to me in my quest to make Draco a wizard-rejecting Muggle copper:
http://www.rcmp.gc.ca - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police website, and all of its subsidiary sites, as well as innumerable community RCMP websites, for visual cues, in-depth info on the RCMP role in Canada, and all sorts of things I didn't know about Mounties before I started this. (A note: the red dress jacket beloved by Disney and Dudley Do-Right is actually only a special occasion uniform...they use the blue shirt and pants Draco wears in Chapter 10 for regular duty. But I couldn't let the story end without Draco in full Mountie regalia at least once!) The Metro London Police site was also a big help, although I'm afraid I don't have a link for it.
For all locations not in Canada, (especially London and Greece) http://www.mapquest.com was my friend, as were a slew of travel sites, most links of which I regret I didn't keep.
The official website of the Canadian Government, at http://www.canada.gc.ca was useful for things like Canadian citizenship law and facts like whether Saskatchewan's main export really is wheat. (It is!) I do live in Canada, but there's all sorts of things I had no idea about, and this site was a huge help.
For the little snips of Blackfoot culture and language, I made use of http://www.blackfootelders.com/language_and_phrases.htm and http://www.ilhawaii.net/~stony/buffalo.html as well as the innumerable textbooks I have at home from my days as a student of Alberta Plains Archaeology.
The Harry Potter Lexicon (http://www.i2k.com/~svderark/lexicon) was my saving grace for all things canon. Any mistakes, mischaracterizations and spelling issues are my own.
And that's it! *waves*