Author's foreword : All copyrights belong to me, so please don't steal it. I hate talking to lawyers.
This story is an interlude between my Conflicted series and its upcoming sequel; however, while it would certainly add to your enjoyment if you have read Conflicted, you should definitely be able to read this series on its own as well. It does serve as a spoiler for a lot of Conflicted's plot, so be warned. If you haven't read Conflicted yet, but plan on doing so, I would do that first.
As always, many thanks to stevieraygovan for his excellent editing.