Author's Note:

Why do these stories of mine always turn into marathons? I have no idea. My fingers are sore from dancing on the keyboard too much.

Anyway, if you'll allow me, I'd like to prattle on for a few seconds and then thank everything under the sun.

*clears throat*

The X-files is about the Truth. And on the surface it is a brilliant work of science fiction. But beneath the aliens and the monsters and the things that go bump in the night, there is a very different kind of truth hidden in this narrative --- the truth about men and women.

Our humanity is a truth. It's not necessarily the one that Mulder seeks, but it's overwhelmingly important. It makes us brave, petty, funny, dour, loving, weird, enlightened, stupid, good, and bad. And we can be all these things at once. To be human is to be a bundle of contradictions.

This, ultimately, is why so many viewers and writers and artists respond to the X-files. Because instead of being about aliens, it's a show about people. And people are fascinating.

Particularly when they're in drag.

This was so much fun to write. As one reviewer said, "It's been hell of a ride." Thank you for taking a chance on my story.

I want to give a huge shout-out to the "cast of thousands" who have reviewed it so far, and another big "thank you so much for reading" to those of you who may or may not review this after reading the last chapter.

School is starting up tomorrow and it's going to be nuts, so I want to say "thank you" now, to everybody, before the opportunity slips away.

As far as reviews went, I recognized many friends. I "met" some fellow authors who I don't know, but would like to. Some people hit this thing with comments, like, four times. And there were some truly bizarre folks who just swooped in, yelled "Yay!" and took off. THANK YOU ALL!

Now. I have some quick messages to some people. If I don't have a message for you, it doesn't mean I don't like you, or something crazy like that. It just means I can't say anything but "thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Because while "thank you from the bottom of my heart" is nice, if it's repeated ten bajillion times, it's the most boring Author's Note I've ever heard of. LOL

Here we go.

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Jamie: I love you too. I read your "lapis lazuli" story and it was wonderful. Bravo.

MulderScully'sBogusJourney: I'm still laughing at the "Jeopardy" story. Your website KICKS ASS! Thanks for reading.

Lli: Glad you liked Mulder's nails, hee hee.

Jess: Thanks for your support!

Skye: Thank you for cheering me on! :D

Emmi/Himlaithiel: All hail, fair Elf Queen. I saw you went out and read my other stuff besides this one, and I saw ALL of your amazingly kind reviews. THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU ARE AWESOME!

Jamie Sculder: WHOOOOOOOOOO! GO NEBRASKA!!!!!!! Thank you for hanging with the story. Hope you had a good time.

Dionne :] : Glad to know this thing caused a ruckus in computer lab. Computer labs are incomplete without ruckuses. Is that the word? Ruckuses? Maybe it's Ruckusi? Oh, well. Thanks for reading.

DrFoxyMoron: Thanks for reading, and thank you for the other review you left on another story I wrote. What a compliment! :D

"twirlgirl104": I'm so excited that you thought I kept everybody in character. Thanks!

Jinnyah: Thank you for your enthusiasm. YOU ROCK!

Erin m.: Wow! *blushes*

Rainbow Stevie: Your name is way cool. Good luck with all your funny projects. I'll keep an eye out for them.

Beth Carrielle: Thank you for reviewing this story, and also for reviewing "Mrs. Robinson and Me." I'm glad I made you laugh again. :]

Aloof: Oh sweetie, don't cry! You're gonna make ME cry! Thank you so much for sticking with this. I appreciate it.

ScullySayer: My heart was doing eighty miles an hour when I read your comment. THANK YOU!

Freelancer Starbuck: Sorry about your neighbors. I take full responsibility. LOL

lec: Muchas gracias. :] What a nice thing to say.

Katie: Sorry about your keyboard. LOL But thanks for reading!

Gem: Thanks for faithfully following along, and more importantly, making yourself known!

Coral717: I'm stunned. I have deep respect for the X-files writers because THEY take unbelievable premises and make them believable every week. If I, an amateur, somehow managed to do that . . . Wow. You just blew my mind. Thank you.

Jillian: Thanks for reviewing! I've read your work and I admire it very much, but my memory is for crap, sometimes. I can't remember if I reviewed any of it or not. Just in case I haven't --- YOU ROCK! :]

long under tree: I've indeed written other stuff. Just click on my name at the top of this story, and you'll find it. Is it funny? Hmm. Well, that depends on . . . if you think it's funny or not. LOL

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So, that's it for the messages. I want to once again thank EVERYBODY for their awesome support of this story. And I'm glad I got to write my little messages and say "Thank you." I am so grateful to everyone. :]

I'm also an old-fashioned girl. If you write me a letter, I will write *you* a letter. I promise.

For those of you who read, keep reading! And for those of you who write, all the best in your creative endeavors. Cheers!

Until we meet again,

Kiki

8=D (That's my happy little alien face.)

This thing was FINISHED, FINALLY, on September 29, 2002.