Truth be told, I really appreciate this work of art didn't follow the cookie cutter pattern. In fact, this is genuinely your style and you've fully embraced it. I love that you managed to put together a fully coherent story, well-placed flashbacks, and character tie-ins.
I think all of this combined has earned you both an excellent score and a brand new subscriber/follower. I look forward to seeing a continuation of this series. Well done, indeed.