Okay, *deep breath*. I know some of you might be quite angry and/or disappointed at what I'm about to say, but all I can do is offer my profuse apologies in advance. I tried hard to avoid this but at the end of the day there are certain things I've got to put first.
I'm really sorry to say that I'm going to be putting this story on hold for an indefinite period of time. I honestly don't know when I'll be able to come back to it. Everything's stepping up a gear at school now, and I need to be able to devote so much more of my time to ensuring I study hard enough and do enough extra reading and work to get where I want to be. I'm currently doing my A-levels (our version of America's junior and senior year), and I need top grades in order to be accepted at the kind of universities I have my sights set on (Cambridge is the dream, but I'm also aiming for places like St. Andrews, Durham, UCL…so yeah, there's a lot of pressure and a lot at stake for me at the moment). I've been trying for a while to juggle school and extra-curricular/credit activities with writing fanfiction, but now other personal things have come into the equation and I know I just can't sustain regular enough updates anymore, and my updates haven't even been regular recently to start with. I've had to take the decision to put one of my two stories on hold (the other is in a separate fandom), and unfortunately it is this story that takes up the most time, energy and effort, because I do love it and due to the complex nature of the ship as well. It may even end up that I have to put my other one on hold too, but I'm going to try and sustain it.
The best I can hope for at the moment is to be able to return to updating this story regularly in the summer, but we'll see how it plays out. All I can say is that I am sincerely sorry for any disappointment this might cause, especially considering where I'm leaving the story too. I want to stress that I am not in any way abandoning it, because I couldn't do that; I just don't want to promise to return to posting new chapters by a specific date and then find I'm not able to keep that promise. It's taken me a long time to come to this decision, and it wasn't an easy one to make. I hate the thought of disappointing anyone, but I also hate the thought of what might happen if I don't have the time and energy to devote 100% to my studies whilst also trying to sustain some kind of personal life and my original writing as well.
I want to thank you all for the patience you've already allowed me, and for all your kind, constructive and wonderful comments so far. You've all never failed to put a smile on my face chapter after chapter, and I am sincerely grateful for that. I want to wish you all a slightly belated Happy New Year, and once again, offer my apologies. When I return to posting, I hope it will be on a much more regular basis, and that everything that's kind of going on for me personally at the moment will have settled down.
Thank you again,