The story behind the story: Chapter 26
Chapter 26, you nearly ended me. I had about half a page written. I didn't like it, but I had so little time left. I showed it to A and she essentially said, yeah, pretty much sucks. In conversation with her I found where I wanted to go with it, and it took me four more attempts to get my feet under me and find the path through the chapter. So here's to A, without whom the chapter wouldn't have gotten written. The thing I find so amusing is that Sir and a couple of the commenters have said this is the best chapter yet, and I ripped this puppy out in record time with no room to spare for rewrites or reconsiderations, at ALL (total writing time including screwing-around and dinner time: About 4 hours). What you see in that chapter is very close to the way it originally came through my fingers into the laptop, more so than any other chapter in the series so far.