This story involves severe, chronic depression and the talk of suicide/dying. You have been warned.

In my life, I've known many people who function exactly as Ray is described in this story. I know there will be many people who say "Oh he's so messed up he couldn't function." when they read this story. Not true. Regardless, this is one author's vision, and of course not everyone will like it/believe it, and that's fine too. If you want to throw otters, though, please don't throw them at me.

People I'd like to thank for various reasons:

Because they encourage me, I'd like to thank Shadow, Zeb, and Shar.

I'd like to thank Joyce for her invaluable assistance and advice on mental health in high stress jobs.

Thank you all.

Bast