So, as promised, here's my Author's Notes. I guess that from the title you can understand I won't continue this particular story.
I've had some suggestions as to what to do next, and all of them said that the way this fic ended was good. I am, however, going to continue on another story, a sequel if you will. I just don't know when I will start that, because I have a lot of things to do at the moment. I already have the idea for the sequel, I have part of the first chapter and parts of other chapters, but I first need to think it through...
It's also safe to say I won't go into the Reid/JJ alley. I never liked that shipping to begin with (don't ask me why) and in this story I think JJ's got enough to deal with without Reid. Maybe there will be some romance, but I'm not so sure about all that yet.
Anyway, back to this story.
I can't believe how long this has become. I know that by now you'll be pretty tired of hearing this every time, but this baby is 23 chapters long. Over 31,000 words. That's the longest I have EVER written. And all revolving around 1 theme... And with so many reviews... It's just amazing.
I want to thank you all who read and reviewed this so much. It's quite possible that without y'all I wouldn't have gotten this far. In fact. I'm kinda sure of it. The review boosted me when I felt down and convinced me to keep writing to keep y'all satisfied. So that's good, and I'd say don't stop that. With any writer, because I'm sure more writers feel like this.
Two more things now. While writing this story, I came across some songs and poems that seemed to fit Shelby and the story of abuse so well. I wanted to keep them for now, so here they are:
Now, she's looking in the mirror 'Till she crawls up in her bed
At a lovely woman face
No more frightened little girl
Like she's gone without a trace
Still she leaves the light
Burning in the hall
It's hard to sleep at all
Acting quiet as a mouse
Deep inside she's listening
For a creaking in the house
But no one's left to harm her
She's finally safe and sound
There's a peace she's found
Amy Grant - Ask me
'Till she crawls up in her bed
That song is amazing. I suggest it to everyone. It helped me to get 'in the mood' sometimes, along with other songs, to continue writing this - those songs have so much feeling in them, it's just so sad... And so sad it still happens. This is just a story, but think of all the people who suffer(ed) from abuse in real life... I can't imagine what it's like going through, and I want to offer my support to every single person out there who thinks they can't continue anymore. Don't give up.
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
-Philosopher Kahlil Gibran