I so agree with the comments above. I get fed up with writers who begin well and then either lose interest, or events conspire to prevent them from taking the story further. How much better to write the story in advance, and then post regularly, not necessarily every day as this author does, but at least once a week. This would also have the advantage of providing an opportunity for writers to review their work as a whole before posting, and to avoid inconsistencies or mistakes. Plus it might prevent them from just going on and on, and more or less ruining the tightness of the plot. There are several stories on this site, which have begun very well, but the writer has allowed the story to drag on pointlessly. By all means write a sequel if there is more to say.
Apologies for the rant, but I am so disappointed by having my expectations raised and then just cut adrift. And thank you Jdonley for such a well written tale.