NOTE: I, for the moment, have given up on this story. The premise just does not work in this sort of environment, and it also is one of my earlier works, so it 'tells, not shows.' In other word, the early writing (and much of the later writing as well) SUCKS.

So, I'm sorry, but unless anyone wants to adopt this, I can't think of anywhere to go with it. Sorry.

-SoS