Now, I know author's notes aren't technically allowed, but you know what? To hell with the site rules. Just for today, they can go to Hell. I would like to dedicate this story to my late friend, Eric. You might know him as the author "Blacktooth". Look him up. He died this March, in a car accident. And, I want all my future stories dedicated to him. So, dammit, I'm gonna do it.
If you're out there, Eric, I want you to know that we miss you, and we'll see you soon enough. You were one of my best friends, and it most assuredly wasn't your time. Rest in peace, man.