author's notes, part 1:
This story is about self-injury. First, please, please, please, don't ever call it self-mutilation. Thank you. If you or someone you know injures themself, please seek help. Please. If you think you might get triggered or upset reading this, then, please, don't read it. I won't be offended, and the last thing I want to do is trigger anyone. After "googling" for some information, the best website I found about it is
there are two pages on this site I especially recommend if you just want a brief description of what SI is and isn't:

I know this story leaves a lot of things in the air, and I am working on the next part of this. I've been so hesitant in posting this (as my editors know it's been ready for quite some time) because I'm not sure how fair it is of me to leave the story like this. Hopefully y'all will forgive me.

I want to thank all of my editors. Thank you so much to all three of you, Angela, Susan, and Ronda, for your encouragement and help, for your honesty, for making me rewrite this, for your feedback, for helping my sentences make sense, and of course, for comma help. *g*

And a huge thank you to the totally awesome Dana (GSDana) for the perfectly perfect graphics and for just being a nice person!!

author's notes, part 2:
I've finally written part two. I need to hugely thank Susan and Ronda for their support with this story line and the encouragement they have given me. You guys rock!! so in celebration of the 5th anniversary of Jixemitri, and with a huge thanks to Cathy P and ALL of the administrators/moderators, and also all the other authors, writers, readers, and lurkers, for keeping such a wonderful place going, I submit Ruthie, part 2. It's been a while, so you may need to read part 1 again.

author's notes, part 3:
Well, it hasn't been quite as long as the last time. And today I'm celebrating my one year anniversary as a Jixemitri author. woohooo! Thank you, Cathy, and the Jix Admin team, and all the moderators (including ex-moderators!), for making Jix such a wonderful place and allowing me to call it "home".

Okay, I've kind of left my comfort zone on this one, though I still have a toe or two in it. Part 3 of Ruthie's story has a little bit more of the injury thing going on it. and the "B" word. Read at your own risk.

I have absolutely no knowledge about skate-boarding, so if that part sounds lame, there's why. *g*

Here is where you can find out more about The Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Thanks bunches to my wonderful editors, Ronda, Susan, and Beth. As always, you make my stories better, and easier to read. *g* But most of all, thank you for continuing to encourage me.

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