1. Thanks, all!

      Erin, it was written in late 2004, during the post-horribble-epic-F-novel/pre-Odyssey era of the DeLuca. It sat in the trunk for a good long while, and has been through 2 or 3 significant revisions since it came out again, but a few of the hallmarks are still there—note the flagrant violation of Odyssey rule #371b in the third paragraph, where I use the verb “watched” no less than 4 times. 🙂 I am a stubborn bastard.

      1. Again, cool. 🙂 Always good to sell those stories. Your writing style is of course immediately recognizable, and I also knew it was a DeLuca story because about midway through I had no idea what was going on. 🙂 But by the end I think I figured it out, and was enjoying the glimpse into the abstract but highly intentional alternate world.

        I didn’t even notice the “watched”s. =P

        I don’t think I knew you went through an epic F novel phase. I’m about 3/4 of the way through a rather strange mishmash collaboration between James Mallory and Mercedes Lackey, in the horrible epic F novel milieu, and will no doubt have fruminous thoughts on it soon, and the respective and conflicting values of storytelling vs writing…

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