Chapter 3 is done and on to chapter 4, in which Reece encourages Ky to spill her guts, and Ky is going to. Not sure if I’m going to work more on When All’s Said and Done or if I’m going to poke around a bit on Awakenings or noodle on a new short story project. What I decide remains to be seen.
It boggles my mind how Ridley could have had no place in the original draft of this project and suddenly, he’s stepped up big-time. He’s offered me a major opportunity, however, through his relationship with Julia, to explain the Institute, what they do, how awful they really are. It also means Ky isn’t trying to sugarcoat things as much as she would if she was simply explaining matters to Reece (or foisting it off on Matthew, which was also a distinct possibility).
Ridley is amazingly protective at this stage, mostly of Julia, but also of himself. It’ll be interesting to see how he works everything out, and if he works everything out enough to be helpful to Ky in her fight. I have a feeling he will be, since that’s where it feels like it’s heading. But we’ll see. I never know when it comes to these things.
Brandon helped me through a quandry this morning regarding a later issue in the draft. It was a question of who gets rescued when. I think we’ve sorted it out. Either way, Ky’ll be gut-punched. I decided that gut-punched and functional was preferable to gut-punched and a mess, and that it would probably be better if Matthew was functional for at least a dozen chapters before I snap him in half.
Folks who have read the original draft know exactly what snaps Matthew Thatcher in half.
And now it’s off to work for me. Six hours of bleh. My father doesn’t seem to think we’ll be busy on account of the weather. I think he’s crazy. Last day for Real Women Dollars = bloody well insane at the store tonight.
Chapters one and two down, now on to chapter three. Reece decided to involve herself in affairs a lot sooner than I’d anticipated, but characters seem to want to do that to me lately.
Had a really awesome idea for Hadrian’s rescue, though, very different from the original draft. I’ll have to see if it works out in the draft as it’s formulating itself in my head. It involves Ky ‘slipping between moving vehicles. Very risky, but with the potential to be very, very cool.
Will update the previous post sometime later with the full When All’s Said and Done playlist as it stands right now. Some songs may survive, others may not. For now, time to punch out a couple hundred more words before the long, late mid shift today.