To Heather, without whom I wouldn't be able to keep my detail stuff straight. Thanks for running interference so I had time to finish the book. All my love.
To Storm, who was very patient through this process, sitting in my chair and waiting until I was done so we could play with trains.
To Chance, who moved in suddenly during the tail end of the process and basically just sat around eating, sleeping, and pooping. Here's hoping that behavior doesn't repeat when you graduate college in 22 years.
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