Feels weird not actively writing on a project. I’m taking this week to fill in all the details on Flames of Redemption that I put in brackets. Mostly this is naming characters I left nameless during the drafting process. Although there have been a few facts I needed to sort out and research. Also, organizing the scenes into chapters as I go through them. I’m about 35% through right now. Once I get done with that, I’m planning on starting another round of edits on Slow Revenge. I won’t be getting it out there this year, but hoping for early next year.
Not a whole lot going on this week. I have vegetable beef soup going in the crock pot today. The girl went back to school yesterday after 5.5 days off(and only being in school half a day last week). We have our first Christmas gathering of the year this weekend. Another one next weekend(and my niece’s birthday). So things are going to be getting busy. We have most of our Christmas shopping done at least.
I finished Flames of Redemption, but it’s still in progress, so I’ll still be sharing from it for now at least. 16 fairly short paragraphs a couple scenes past what I shared last week. Adrian is talking to Kayla’s ex-fiance, who knows the suspect better than she did and may know more than he’s letting on. Took out his name again. The other [xx xx] is a character I haven’t named yet.
Adrian closed the interview room door behind him. This wasn’t where he wanted to be. He wanted to be out there finding this bastard. But, even more than that he wanted to be with Kayla. But, he had work to do, and this was part of it. No matter how miserable he was, he still had to get it done.
“So, Davis,” he said, dropping into a chair, “when did you decide to lie to me? Was it when I first showed up at your apartment. Or when I brought up the possible involvement of your dear friend, [xx xx]”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Reese said, leaning back in his chair. “And I don’t care for your accusations. I didn’t have to come in, Detective. And I can leave again. If you keep up this line of questioning, I will.”
“Then, I’ll just drag you right back down here. Charge you with accessory to murder, obstruction of justice, anything else I can come up with.”
“What the hell are you talking about, Detective? I’ve done nothing. And you know it.”
Adrian opened the file in front of him and slid out a thin sheaf of papers. “These are your friend’s phone records. And this right here is your number. Here, here, and here too. There’s more. I could point out each one for you if you’d like.”
“That’s not necessary. So what if I’ve talked to him? He’s my friend. This time of year is difficult for him. It would be for you too if you’d lost someone.”
Adrian had the sudden urge to push the table over. He did know. But, it was none of his business. “I see there have been more calls recently. What? Was he trying to get information about Kayla from you?” Something twisted through his stomach at the thought. And the thought that this man had ever put his hands on Kayla.
“You’re despicable. He had nothing to do with this, nothing to do with her. You’re just trying to pin it on the easiest target. Just because he’s gotten mental help before, doesn’t mean he’s some psycho.”
“I never brought up his mental health. Or said he’s a psychopath. And I’m not trying to railroad an innocent man. We have a witness, three actually. Sam said the man who worked on Linda’s computer, she called J.”
“That’s not uncommon. It could be Jason, Jared, Jonas. Hell, any name beginning with that letter. That tells you nothing.”
“We have more than that. [xx xx] saw him. He knows him, gave us his name.”
“He’s mistaken then.” But, his face had gone pale, his voice threaded with a hint of panic.
“I’m pretty sure he’s not. He looked right at him when your friend shot him in the knee and forced him to watch as he set the living room on fire. While he trapped his family in that fire. Then, for some reason, told the boy to go upstairs. He climbed out his bedroom window to try to find help. Kayla found him there after Josiah called her and told her to find the boy. She went in there, on her own. Risked her life to get them out. Did you ever feel anything for her that you’d care nothing about what could have happened to her?”
“God. Oh God.”
The man was breathing so shallowly, Adrian thought he was going to pass out. He got up and walked to the fountain in the corner, filled a cup with water. Then, he pushed it into Reese’s hand. “Drink that.” He waited a moment then asked, “What can you tell me?”
Now, onto my ROW80 check-in. Doesn’t feel like I’ve gotten a lot done. I know this is because I’m used to tracking word counts, and that’s harder when you’re just filling in details. I’ve probably actually gotten more done than I think. Which is what I like about my list of goals. I can actually see what I have done.
- Flames of Redemption: Work through all the bracketed bits – 24/68 scenes have been looked through and organized into 11 chapters. 44 more to go.
- Stained Snow: Send to CP – done
- Structuring Your Novel – Finish reading Part 1 – I’m about halfway through Part 1
- Read: Silent Oath(Paul Anthony Shortt) & Seduction of a Highland Lass(Maya Banks) – 60% through Silent Oath
- Knit: Finish Little Lion Sock Critter – finished this Sunday night.
- Crochet: Fireman Baby Booties – finished these on Monday.
I started on my next knitting project, a lapghan. It’s made in five strips, each with five blocks of color. I thought I could do one strip a day. Until I realized it took me three hours to finish the first block. It’s going to take me a bit longer to finish this. Probably most of the month. But, I think that’s the only change to this week’s list of goals.