Author's Note

It has been a very, very long time. Life has gotten in the way of this story and me. But I decided it was time for me to continue. ROTH is a story very close to my heart, it has been sitting in the back of my mind for years and it was time to do it justice.

I considered it best to start from the beginning, since there are things in the story that have evolved (as did my English proficiency, trust me I cringed a few times reading the previous version). But for those of you who have followed this story from the beginning, do not worry, the essence is still the same.

Thank you for sticking with me through the years! And to the new readers, welcome! I hope you like it…

PROLOGUE

"Time is to slow for those who wait, to swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity"

- Henry Van Dyke.

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I didn't think this would really happen. It seemed impossible at the time, a far away dream. Despite what people around me repeatedly told me, despite what I saw, and what I knew to be true, I never really expected this day would arrive. And although the thought had crossed my mind sporadically, I never really dared to dream for it to happen to me.

But it did happen.

And now I had what felt like my whole world in my arm. Because this living being was the center of my existence. And she was right here where I could touch her, where I could hold her, where I could protect her, where I could love her, and make her happy.

Of course, if there is one thing that I've come to learn in life, is that all things, good or bad, must come to an end. Everything was ephemeral.

And this, was no exception.