This story deserves a warning more than M for mature audiences, and we're taking this first post to cover a few very important things before we post the story.

The subject matter in this story touches on suicide. If you ever have these thoughts, we urge you to speak with someone. Please. There are people out there who will listen and really do care. You're not alone.

There's no shame in asking for help, and it's not a sign of weakness to admit you need it. It takes more strength to ask than it does to leave. If you don't feel you have it, there are people here who will happily, gladly offer up their strength for you to use as your own.

We're listing places to go if you or someone you know needs to talk. It doesn't matter what time or what day, there are always people available through these places. Please, use the references if you feel you may need them. No one thought of suicide should ever be ignored. You matter. Believe it.

1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

For the hearing impaired in the US

1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

For lines by US state, please check Suicidehotlines DOT com

Save DOT org

Suicidepreventionlifeline DOT org

This was cowritten with Googlemouth, a wonderful partner that I'm very thankful to be able to write with.

As always, the characters aren't ours. They belong to TNT and Tess Gerristen.