AUTHOR'S NOTE!!!!!!

Hey all!!!!!

I know that it's been a long time waiting for the sequel to 'Calm After the Storm.' I know I am just as impatient to getting it to you as you are to read it!

I mentioned several times in my notes in previous chapters that there really was no plan to CAtS and since I want to make it's sequel that much better, I am taking a lot of time to figure out the plot and the outline so that I don't disappoint all of you. I am also trying to improve my style to get more detail out, and to reveal more of the characters' thoughts on the situation.

Unfortunately (for you!!!!) I am going on vacation, the first time in a long time, so I won't post the sequel for a while. Hopefully I will have the prologue out in April, so that will be fun!!! It's a long drive, so I plan on writing a lot on the way, and back.

And just a warning… the prologue is a lot like a prelude… it's pretty lengthy, but I hope the content will make it up to those with a pet peeve for long prologues.

Now, since you all have been waiting so patiently for the sequel, here is a sneak peek at the first chapter, when the plot gets going, so without further ado…

'Contagion' - - Excerpt of Chapter 1

…Byakuya looked hard at the seemingly relaxed man inadvertently confusing the hell out of him.

"You are not the same Kurosaki I remember." This elicited a scoff before they jumped over a few rooftops. Ichigo replied with a distinct note of bitterness in his voice.

"You expected an arrogant brat, screaming profanities and cursing the world for causing all his misfortunes? Please, am I perpetually sixteen? I grew up. I married, had kids, lost loved ones. Some of them I sent to you guys myself..."

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Heeheeheehee!!! I hope that gets you excited to read!

I admit though that it might have been a little evil on my part, but, oh well!!!

See you all again in April!!!

isphira