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Chapter 20: In Which Friends Unhappily Part Ways She was first aware of coarse wooden beams stretching up to the peak of a sharp, pointed ceiling, and then, slowly, the rest of the space came gently into focus. She was in a room, a cramped, sparsely-furnished garret, and she lay on a thin mattress stuffed with a material that was sharp and rustled beneath her as she shifted. At the sound, a seated figure in the corner of her eye moved slightly—lifted a head?—and she heard the creak of a chair being pushed back. The person stood and approached the bed. He spoke, said something, but although the voice was loud enough, she didn't qui
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Chapter Eighteen: In Which Unexpected Allies Appear —her thin, warm arms around him—too small to comfort him the way she did—told him "you're better than this"— thumping against the wall, faint cries—every night, every day the dull gleam of eyes behind paint and selling smiles—"you're too good for this"—she told him, but when alone, he ventured out, kissed hands, swallowed rings—dirty fingers, they're all the same pockets, the same coins, dirty money—the kinds of people he grew up with—first kiss, first touch—jet black hair, coal black eyes, painted lips like his mother—a strand of
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Chapter 17: In Which Fear Is a Friend to No One Despite its morally speckled past, Northermeed Island and the manor upon it has since become a stronghold of fellowship and heartfelt worship. No longer do its noble stone walls observe the evils of self-indulgence and violence its past owners forced upon it. No longer does its craftsmanship reflect sinful, heathen objects of lust and greed. Its Great Hall, once a ballroom catering to the rich and selfish, now hears only the music of devoted hymn. Its private sitting rooms, in which conspirators and murderers contrived their plans, now hear only the whispers of penitent prayer. Of the original
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Chapter 20: In Which Friends Unhappily Part Ways She was first aware of coarse wooden beams stretching up to the peak of a sharp, pointed ceiling, and then, slowly, the rest of the space came gently into focus. She was in a room, a cramped, sparsely-furnished garret, and she lay on a thin mattress stuffed with a material that was sharp and rustled beneath her as she shifted. At the sound, a seated figure in the corner of her eye moved slightly—lifted a head?—and she heard the creak of a chair being pushed back. The person stood and approached the bed. He spoke, said something, but although the voice was loud enough, she didn't qui
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Chapter Eighteen: In Which Unexpected Allies Appear —her thin, warm arms around him—too small to comfort him the way she did—told him "you're better than this"— thumping against the wall, faint cries—every night, every day the dull gleam of eyes behind paint and selling smiles—"you're too good for this"—she told him, but when alone, he ventured out, kissed hands, swallowed rings—dirty fingers, they're all the same pockets, the same coins, dirty money—the kinds of people he grew up with—first kiss, first touch—jet black hair, coal black eyes, painted lips like his mother—a strand of
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Ladies and Gentlemen, they are OFF!
It's the moment I've been waiting for since 2004: I've finally finished the whole draft of Thief Dilemma! Clocking in, all told, at around 200k words, it's finally wrapped itself up to conclusion. I've just posted three new chapters (Chapters 21-23) here (they've been up on Fanfiction.net for a little while now), and from here on out, I'll be posting a new chapter every Sunday for the next two months-ish. Hooray! The wait is over, and she's finally done! Here's the chapter headings rundown: Chapter 21: In Which A Rescue Attempt Begins <--POSTED Chapter 22: In Which Carefully Laid Plans Go Awry <--POSTED Chapter 23: In Which Old and
Spring and Thief Dilemma Updates Are in the Air
So I've been a bit silent lately, but let me begin by stating that silence in my case does not mean a lack of productivity! For those of you who are still (bless your little pagan/hammerite/keeper/thieving souls) following The Thief Dilemma, I've got some good news. I'm just eleven-and-a-half scenes shy of delivering the entire multi-chapter finale of the story. The immediate next two chapters are finished and just waiting for me to wrap up the loose ends in case I need to go back and alter any details, but they're essentially good to post now. Look for the first one around the first week of June (current goal is to finish the whole draft by
Leading Edge Magazine + Etc.
Well, it's been long enough now, it's time for a journal update! Just got my contributor copies to Leading Edge Magazine issue #61 yesterday, which contains my dark steampunk novelette "Mimicry"! For those of you who like what I do with The Thief Dilemma, you might enjoy "Mimicry"--clockwork robots, sinister magic, and dark, wind-swept streets your thing? Definitely check it out! :D If you're into zombies, The Zombie Feed Anthology Vol. 1 just came out in March! It contains my story "A Shepherd of the Valley"--think abandoned airfield, remote control, and strangers in the night. It's a melancholy little tale, but if you like melancholy, you

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Kovitlac|Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, has TTD ended with ch. 17? And here I was, hoping to death that Raife would be okay in the next chapter ^^
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Nay! TTD does not end with Ch. 17, but that is the most recent chapter. HOWEVER (and this is new--most folks don't know this yet): as a writing goal for this coming year, I'm going to be doing a chapter a month, which should drive this long-winded sucker to its finale. :)

And you'll get to find out what happens to Raife in Ch. 18. :)

SO! It's coming, it's just taken me a ridiculously long time to get it back on my priorities list. Original stuff has been pushing it out of the way, but I've got pages and pages of notes on what happens next!
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Oh happy day! I'm doubly looking forward to it, then ^^ Don't worry about taking forever - I have stories up to 20+ chapters, only to trail off and just sorta stop. It sucks, and I feel bad about it, but stuff like that happens. Anyway, I'm glad that's not completely the case here, and I'm excited to find out what happens to poor Raife :)
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Haha--indeed it does, but this one's stuck with me for many years, so I figure it's only fitting to finish it. Plus, it's exceptionally fun writing practice! :D
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Yo whats up,how you been?And all that taff...
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Doing well! I've been intending to put up a journal sometime, just haven't had a breath of space to do so, yet! ^_^ Prepping for a pseudo-move and trying to meet deadlines, all with the day-job and the fiction magazine, besides my own deadlines. :-) How are you?
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Same,i reached my hundreth Deviation!
And well now im taking it slow on my work and IM ALMOST OUTTA SCHOOL!!
Woot dance*
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