I've missed you all so much, and I can't express how much I mean that. The world without fellow creative minds was monotonous and dull; but just at the prospect of coming back I find myself at ease and for once hopeful again. And I do plan to join you lot in writing, of course. I left in a fit of anxiety and in my rush gave very little explanation as to what had happened. For those couple of you who knew me well enough to worry, let me explain: Since shortly after my Spring term of university in 2013, I had been working as an HCA in a foster home; this job was very comfortable for me because I already knew the children I was working with, and the family was essentially my own. For the first few months, it really was sparkly and I had a lot of optimism for my future with them all. And while I do not regret the time I spent learning about a new part of myself which I had never met before, I slowly began to realize what the foster home really was. The children were well-treated, of course, but as I was educated on the nature of my state-authorized job position and that of my counterparts in the household, I gradually understood more and more how much the family was exploiting the system for personal gain. And although they did not do so in a diabolical manner, I was uncomfortable being a part of that, and was not eager to start a legal war for something I had no hand in. More and more, I voiced my concerns and earned increasingly hostile attitudes from a woman I once knew as a godmother and a family I had previously named as were they my own. I threatened their li'l slice of the world by my very presence, and in early March 2016, they saw fit to dismiss me; and because they were fearful that in my frustration I might become a whistleblower, they applied legal leverage which thankfully never amounted to much or I likely wouldn't be working the wonderful job I have now. It took several months of effort, but I've finally got myself a happy li'l home with dear friends and dear animals to keep me company. And a nice Netgear C7000 gateway so I can connect to you guys! That was very heavy, and I apologize if it has put you at unease; just know that I am safe and content, and that things are looking up for me. I'm planning on resting a while, and maybe I'll go finish that computer security degree some time. In the meanwhile, I hope to write with you folks once again, and remind myself why roleplay was so much of my brainspace. I don't know if I'm quite ready to return to maintenance, but it's certainly something I'd like to think about in the coming months. My anxieties are more amplified than they were, but with any luck Iwaku will provide the environment I need to maintain a healthy and productive mind once more. I love you all, and I can't wait to see what I've missed — and what's in store! — for this lovely community.