Killer-Kate and Luke Lackland: 1,300 words, the end of the chapter, and the characters steeled for their run-up to the Big Bad. The intent of this final scene, and how it sets up the Monster Ultimate Showdown, only showed itself to me two weeks ago. This is now a lot tenser, and preceded by a lot more bitter in the sweet, than my long-held vision of it allowed. Here's the price of making the Ultimate Showdown the Monster One after all - yet I think it opens more space for last night's brief access of tenderness and warmth, too. Yes, I like the way this is going.
Only the final action chapter and an epilogue left, now. This prospect remains rather dazing to me, after two years of active work, and a previous year with the ideas stewing around a few thousand words of beginning.