Ahhh...this narrator isn't one you'd recognize from The Thirteenth Order
. If you search the name "Aamin" over at Memory Alpha, you'll get his full name and his story in the canon universe. He was someone I wanted to see more of--but this was the only way to do it. And placed into this particular universe, the idea of him as a Guide really grabbed me and I just HAD to do it.
But anyway, I am very glad you enjoyed this.
I'm afraid I haven't gotten to the toothpick (or I can't remember), so please no spoilers...just tell me what I need to read!