I wasn’t sure I could get this update out the door in time. I finished literally five minutes before it was supposed to be posted. My outline isn’t quite FINISHED… but I have solid, scene-by-scene notes all the way up to the third act. And some vague ideas for the third act. Time to tap dance on a hot plate again for your amusement!
Things have been a little bit insane and stressful RL, too. Craziness in both my jobs, lots of events to attend, some NDA-based things I’m in on which you honestly wouldn’t care about, and so on. I need to juggle all these things better, because my physical health’s a-sufferin’. What I’m saying is: If you don’t see fresh story here on time, well, thanks in advance for your patience.
I did manage to squeeze out the complete intro to sf03, at least. I hope you dig it. Feedback welcome.
Edit: Added the new paragraphs to the end of each scene, to emphasize that Scout hasn’t achieved perfect mastery quite yet. New text in bold.
At the end of Scout’s scene:
He could hear the arguing voices, through the heavy iron door. His wife’s voice had taken a frustrated pitch to it, the kind she got when she realized she was in over her head.
There would be a risk, of course. He had only just begun to apply this new tactical method to his hunt. It would take some time to fully understand his new prey, to be able to cut it off at every turn. But… when things were at their bleakest in his last tenure as a Winterhound, Emily refused to let him stay in hiding. She was there for him. And now, he had to be here for her. He had to be willing to take the first step back into their lives together, no matter the danger.
Scout grasped the handle of the door, and pushed.
At the end of the common room scene:
It was an unexpected voice. She twisted in her seat, eyes wide not in fear, but surprise… and relief.
He had finally come out of hiding. She could still see the little muscle twitches under his skin, could tell he was still struggling against his darker nature… but he wasn’t doing it in the cold and the dark anymore. He was out here, ready to face it… and to help her face the current problem with a new perspective.