1. This is the first installment of a longer story. I had finished this part in the summer of 2001 and was well on the way to finishing the entire saga when some crazy drove a plane into a skyscraper. The intrusion of the real world into my fictional scenario made me stop and reconsider publishing this, but then I realized that by altering my life I had let the crazies win.
2. The town names in the story are real but the characters bear no resemblance to anyone that has ever existed there in this plane of existence. Any similarity between a character and a real person is sheer coincidence. That's why this is called fiction.