I wanted to thanks everyone for their kind and generous reviews of this piece. I am definitely going to finish this, but things are getting busy at work and at home. I do have some half-chapters written, but between being slightly more inspired to work on some other shorter pieces instead, and being busy at work the rest of the time (pesky rent obligations, bah), it may be a bit before I post another chapter. Never fear, though. I will update.
I've been so pleased and delighted by all your reactions. I wrote these for my own pleasure, and have been having great fun doing so. That you're enjoying them, too, makes it all the more worthwhile.
So, thank you again, and I'll be back with something more on this in the next two weeks or so!