This episode got mangled a bit because I ran into the Kindle Vella 5000 word maximum limit and I had to cut it to make it fit. The result is a bit lazy and it’s not rhetorically “smooth” the way it should be. I don’t know if other writers care about this (seriously, I don’t) but I really need to feel that what I’m writing could, in theory, be read aloud by someone who is unfamiliar with it, without too many stumbles. That’s what I mean by “smoothness” and this episode is missing some of that, but in most published work the editor hacks it up and this causes “jumps” and “skips” just like a sloppy editing job in audio or video.
I’m proud of how this turned out, on the whole. I’m going to post one more episode and call it a day… probably. I think the story I wanted to tell is complete.