PAGE EIGHTY. Interior.  Damien Kessler’s suite at the Cydonian Towers, Amazonis Prime.

The battle continues this week, with our heroine gaining the upper hand, if only briefly, after Shade Endgame was distracted by the security klaxon.  Unfortunately for VG, being on the offense was short-lived.  More unfortunate for Vikki, however, is the fact that Shade is not human (explains how she dealt with some hard-ass bastards so completely, eh?).  Now, I won’t get into the details here as we, quite frankly, hope to tell Shade’s story at some point in great detail.  Suffice it to say, while she’s not human, she’s not exactly inhuman either.  I’ll leave it at that.

That’s partly why I’m choosing The Animals’ version of ‘Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.’  Though I also love the Santa Esmerelda version, which you might remember from a certain movie involving a pissed-off bride (warning- this version is long- like 10 minutes long).

Finally, Nic and I went back and forth on how to convey the strobe effect.  I think it ended up looking great, with Nic finally deciding on the blue wash-out to counterpoint the red I love.

Until next week.  Hard to believe there are less than 20 pages left (at least, in book one).