This is not a chapter. I am very, very sorry about that, but please read this note anyway.
Hi! I'm sorry that this is not an update, but I wanted to post a note to all of you great people who have stuck with this story. I've gotten a few emails expressing concern that I've discontinued this fic. I assure you I have NOT discontinued this story. I would love to explain the long delay, but basically life threw me on the floor and stomped on my head. 'Nuff said.
Anyway, I have been working on the next chapter, but I don't want to post anything until after Fanfiction.net has completed its change. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go to Fanfiction.net's homepage and read the update for Feb. 6. Basically the site will be splitting into two separate sites, one for original work and one for fanfiction. It won't really affect us much, but I encourage you to read the notice for more details as to how this will all work. I'm mentioning this because a) I don't want to post anything until this change is complete for fear of losing an update and b) this fic will be affected by the change. This is an original work of fiction, so it will be moved to the new site. It will still be under my penname, Lady Dante, so you should be able to find it easily, but if you have problems, email me at email@example.com and I will email you the link once the change is complete.
Again, I'm not giving up on this story, it's just taking a while to work out plot details. I'm serious about this thing and I want it to be good, even if it is only in the draft stage. I thank all of you for continuing to read this story, for emailing me with comments and opinions (those are more helpful than you realize) and for reviewing regularly. I'm glad to know that you are all still interested in this story and I dedicated the last half of the book to all of you! You guys rock!!! Here's a cyber hug and kiss [hug, hug, mwah!]
Please be patient and hang in there. An update is coming!