Note from the Author:
Unfortunately, I have to remove the story because someone well-placed in the lit industry has been convinced to read it, and I've been informed that I need to scrub what I've posted from the Internet, in order to optimize my chances of closing a deal.
Sorry to delete it. Everyone here at ABCTales has been consistently remarkably kind to me, and I hate to turn away from the honor of being given story of the month. I'm deeply grateful for you all!
If anybody wants to read the full volume, just reach out and I'll slide you a copy. If you'd like to follow my work directly, I post more on my Substack than here.