We all hated word problems in math. To commemorate this, forty years on, I created a word problem for myself in English: Chris leaves home on day -1, arriving in San Diego on day 0; the story between Chris and Cat unfolds, coming to a head when little sister drops into their love nest on day 12.
From the other side, Maya leaves home on day 1, spends some time in a hospital, travels by freighter then airplane, arriving in San Diego on day 16.
16 – 12 = 4.
Well, crap. I knew there was going to be a discrepancy, but four days?! So, putting down the coffee and picking up the wine, I did this to the Chris/Cat side:
A week had passed since their dinner and the odd ceremony Cat and Anton had performed on him. Although he did not understand, it had been efficacious in at least one way: his need to feed on the life force of animals was significantly lessened. Beyond that, home life with Cat had settled into a simple routine where they helped one another as much as they could. Chris still occasionally wondered whether he was imposing, but never detected that feeling from his cousin. If anything, she grew closer to him, both emotionally and physically, although it seemed something held her back from taking the next step, even after her ‘incident’ in the shower. Ah, well, he thought.
That gives me CC at +3 over M. Sooo…
“She’s made remarkable progress in her recovery over the past three days, barring her memory, of course.” He took a drink of his coffee.
See what I did there? Now the stories synch, with all my main character getting together for the bloodletting on day 19. Back to coffee.