I actually didn’t have the idea for the cliffhanger / interstitial scene until the moment I wrote it. But now, its use is apparent; it slides us into the more danger-packed, intrigue based section of the story. I am worried it all hits a bit suddenly, but hopefully I took that into account and made it feel real in its suddenness.
One retcon to note — Yew brings her l’il Audrey with her to Vegas. It’s a minor point, but I needed it for what follows. I’ve hotlinked to the three spots in the text where I retconned in our favorite adorable sapient little floral horror.
Enjoy, and your reactions and feedback are welcome. I’ll have more for you on Tuesday.