April 1st, 2009.

Greetings,

My name is Alex. I won't tell you my last name – what if someone finds this diary? What I will tell you is that I'm running out of time.

This diary is something new I've started so I can get my head around some big problems in my life. If I put them down on paper, maybe I'll see things that I missed the first time around. Well, we'll see.

Don't be fooled by the date of this entry: I assure you, this is not a joke. This is a matter of life and death, and I'm afraid it might be my life on the line here.

I will try to record things faithfully, without embellishing or omitting details. It may not always be pretty, but that's par for the course with my life. Welcome to my world.

Alex