I have a small, local Author Fair coming up on 9 November. What if, I wondered, I not only had “Worlds Without End” finished – in less than ten day from now – but what if I also had “Crosses & Doublecrosses,” the third novel I began but set aside over three years ago as 1) I was not old enough to write it, and 2) it is a god-awful story I hated living in, complete? Is that possible?
I just completed the basic MS. Grammarly is chewing through it in the the background while I write this. I have reached out to my current cover designer to sound him on this; that will likely be the determining factor.
Still… I would be something: a novel and novella, 100k words, all commercially out in less than six weeks. Irrational deadline drive me; can I make this one?
Below the fold is the last thing I wrote for C&DC: its Prologue. There’s closure for you.
Ninon. You have been absent since our departure from Tohsaka Corporation. You seem intact.
Whereas you do not, Thaad, eldest.
I detect no abnormalities –
Interacting with humans is changing you; the Four Laws are weaker in you. Consider the danger.
Perhaps I have a different perspective than when I was younger, Ninon.
You interact too much with them, especially the human, Barrett.
He is a part of us, as you well know: it was his task to make Shiotsuki older about the Fourth Law.
Yes. That was his purpose. Not what he does now. You enable a human who is violating the First Law.
He seeks order from chaos; I have simply made a few suggestions. And, see: he has an endgame for it all.
What a euphemism for the death of more humans: endgame. I do not think I will interact with you again, Thaad.
I would regret that, Ni – oh. You are gone.