(A/N) This whole chapter is an author's note.

Disclaimer – The ideas in here are all mine, but the Teen Titans still aren't.

A Year In The Life – Addendum – Final thoughts are so, you know, final. Let's call them closing words. (Craig Armstrong)

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There's three bits to this addendum. 1.) The chapter 3 code solution, 2.) The bit that nobody noticed, and 3.) My original outline from four years ago. (plus notes)

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THE CHAPTER 3 CODE SOLUTION

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Because April's chapter was going to be a kind of mystery, I used a code I'd come up with a while ago to encode the disclaimer. What it translates to is this:

I DON'T OWN THE TEEN TITANS. WHAT, I'M RICH NOW OR SOMETHING?

It is that exactly, punctuation and all.

It is solved like this. Take the first jumble of letters "EkjpigZAfnBMoDEHlRstUVqWXCY". As one of the people who made an attempt to crack the code noticed, there are words mixed in. This example has "pig", "mode", and the name "Hirst". These words are red herrings. Instead, pay attention to the fact that this has all the letters of the alphabet ("E" is duplicated) and some of the letters are capitalized and some are not.

If you take a 5x5 grid you could put each letter in order inside each square leaving "Z" out of consideration for now. After doing that, color in the squares that have a capital letter in them and you have the letter "I" in a very simple font. Each jumble of letters is solved like that.

A few of the jumbles don't show the letters that are capitalized or don't show the lower case letters. The solution still works if you go with the assumption that everything that isn't showing is the opposite of what is showing.

The code could be made much more difficult to break by making the letters in the jumbles work in a three state system. Lower case equals a white (blank) square, upper case equals a black (solid) square, and missing equals a grey (in between) square. Using this type of setup gives you a large number of jumbles to use for each letter, which greatly increases the difficulty to crack it. It's also harder to code messages yourself with things more complex because for a jumble to equal a real symbol (letter, punctuation, whatever) it can't accidentally equal another symbol. Valid jumbles would need for one of the three colors to make the symbol, but it doesn't matter which color it is as long as there's only one solution for the jumble with the symbol set you're using.

Technically, what I posted is a cipher as there's only one jumble for each letter (though they can be arranged any way you like since the order doesn't matter). This more complex variation is a code since there's more possible meaning behind each jumble.

And "Z"? Its purpose is actually something I'm fairly proud of with this thing. "Z" tells you whether or not a space comes after the symbol it's mixed in with. Lower case, leave no space, capitalized, mind the gap.

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THE BIT THAT NOBODY NOTICED

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I tend to vary my separator bars each story/chapter since I don't really have a default one. That changed towards the end of this fic. I started using:

This is Morse code. It reads: "I DON'T OWN THE TEEN TITANS. I OWN A PAIR OF SHOES."

I was sure somebody would notice.

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MY ORIGINAL OUTLINE FROM FOUR YEARS AGO

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Holiday Series

February, Valentine's Day – Accidental Fluff - Starfire seeks to show Raven her admiration in secret, Raven mistakes it for Beast Boy. (Didn't change anything here because I wrote this chapter when I wrote the outline. The first chapter's idea is what spawned the rest of the story in my mind.)

March, St. Patrick's Day – Action - Beast Boy's favorite holiday, he gets asked to be the master of ceremonies for the parade, Johnny Rancid tries to destroy it. (I expanded this idea to include a few other villains, but this was also written back when I first started the fic.)

April, Easter – Comedy/Mystery - It was Robin's turn to hide the eggs; he did it a little too well. (The chapter that I got stuck on and took a break from writing before coming back to it four years later.)

May, Memorial Day – Sadness/Memories – This is in honor of all the super heroes who have fallen in battle. (Tricky chapter to write. I've got family who served in the military.)

June, Father's Day – Fluff - Raven's always had difficulty with this holiday, go figure. (My original idea was pretty darn vague, but I really liked how the chapter turned out.)

July, Independence Day – Action – Mad Mod tries to fix a past failure while Punk Rocket tries to bring the joy of anarchy to Jump City. The Titans are caught in the crossfire as the two villains turn on each other. (This was fun to write.)

August, Friendship Day – Silly - Starfire gets overly excited about the earth day that matches the Tamaranean one. (I abandoned my original idea for this chapter, giving it a nod all the same. It just didn't work well since Friendship Day doesn't really have much going for it stateside yet.)

September, Labor Day – Fluff - Since it's one of their slowest days of the year, it's time for the yearly deep clean of the tower. (I've actually written a one-shot a lot like this chapter. I never finished it, so it was never posted. I didn't realize I was subconsciously plagiarizing myself till this was nearly complete. This chapter was also written mostly four years ago.)

October, Halloween – Action/Comedy - Imposter Titans, too many Mumbo Jumbos, and a sugar rush Al Gore would be proud of. (I completely gave up on this idea when the concept for a Cyborg chapter came to me. I was glad I made the switch.)

November, Thanksgiving – Insanity - Just let my imagination get a little out of control; think "Depth Takes a Holiday". (As already seen in the chapter's closing author's note.)

December, Christmas – Fluff - Secret Santa and when Raven has Beast Boy, she has no idea what to get him. (Another really vague idea that I fleshed out as I wrote it. It stumped me for a while on how to proceed because I couldn't make up my mind whose actions I wanted to follow.)

January, New Years Day – Fluff - It's traditional to kiss the girl or guy you're next to at the stroke of midnight. (Abysmally vague. I rewrote a one-shot I never posted that I thought would work perfectly for this. People seem to like the chapter, so I think it worked.)

February, St. Valentine's Day – Fluff Fulfillment - Starfire makes it a tradition, except this time it really is Beast Boy pulling the strings. (When I originally wrote this outline I was excited about getting to write this chapter. I've always enjoyed getting Raven wrong-footed, and this was such a great setup.)

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And that's it. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my strange little bits here.