I still have a boatload of comments to respond to, but I will hopefully be getting around to those later today. The kids have shaken their colds and are back to their normal rambunctious selves. Alex proved it this morning by trying to climb over the gate, and then falling. He has a lovely bright red scratch that starts in the middle of his forehead and goes straight down his nose now. Actually, the part on his brow is kind of zigzaggy and sort resembles Harry Potter's, but still, not exactly pretty. Poor little guy.
Anyhoo, hope you enjoy the chapter. And remember there's still 2 left, and a sequel in the works, OK? :)