The flashbacks were a really amazing idea (even if they were incredibly sad) and I think it's good that we can get a look into the events that actually made Mikey the way he is. And Mikey actually must be really strong to have held on for that long after going through all that.
Gaaaah must find out what happens next!
Thank you very much, I'm really glad that you liked the flashback idea; I really wanted to convey just how badly Mikey has been hurt in the past (both emotionally and physically). I also wanted to show that he really is an extremely strong kid, despite what some events of this story may lead you to believe.
Thank you soooo much for taking the time to review! :)