Author's Notes:

Frederick was inspired by a homeless man that my then fiancee and I once met. She met him downtown on her way home from class, and chatted with him for awhile. The next day, we took him to the McDonalds that used to be on the corner of Congress and State, near the Mission.

When I first started this story, cell phones were not very common, so Kate and Mike did not have them. By the time I was well into Part Two, it seemed a little silly that they wouldn’t. Now they do.

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