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This is an original work of fiction. If you wish to repost any part of it in any way, please PM me, or email me at goldfishandthemicrophone@gmail.com. Copyright infringement is illegal and punishable by law; please don't do it.

As mentioned in the description, this story contains themes of suicidal thoughts, self-harm, general self-hatred, bullying, mental illness, hospitalization, abandonment, and some general pretty dark themes, which I did my utmost best to handl as sensitively as possible, with trigger warning wherever necessary. If you need to talk to anyone about whatever you're going through, I've linked Wattpad's list of crisis lines below. Please don't take Atlas, the protagonist's opinions of himself to be what I think of him, or how he treats himself to be what he deserves. It isn't.

If you like this book, it would mean the world to me if you could leave a comment--even a short one, or if you could vote, follow me, or add this book to your reading list. If you want early chapters, story trivia, behind-the-scenes, and more, consider supporting me on Patreon--you can find me at patreon.com/dragonwritesthings.

Just another note that I'm going to try and adapt this into audiobook format--writing each chapter, and than including a vide of me reading that chapter aloud, as a way to increase outreach and make the story more accessible. However, due to my crazy schedule, those chapters MIGHT come out on a somewhat hectic basis, and may not be released at the same time as the written story is. (Although I will try to release them on time, and attach the videos to the top of the chapter, so if listening to me read this story is your thing, you can listen and read, listen as I read--whatever you want.

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy the story,


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