Added two pages to chapter four, because I remembered that Hey! I was gonna cover Elias' initiation. Then I went and didn't. Stupid. S'all better now. :) You can Ctrl+F for "apology accepted" if you don't remember where the last version ended.
Ugh. I'm starting to hate Della. Mainly because of stupid teenage angst - not that the specifics are hitting close to home, just the general idea that the world owes me something. You had that feeling as a teenager, right? Going back to that just makes me feel... dumb, I guess. The sheer ease with which I can dredge it up makes me feel like I haven't made much progress after all, so of course I take it out on a fictional character (that makes me even more grown-up, right?).
One of these next two chapters will be back to Della and some bloodkin secrets and stuff; the other will be about Hunters. It comes down to how much time I feel like narrating over. We're just getting to June, so the next bit with Ferraille won't be for another like three weeks (book time). I just have a little more background to lay before things get into full swing.
Oh, also: fun things that I felt stupid linking at the time, but totally have to tell someone about otherwise they don't count. There's a freakin' place called "Hellhole" in West Virginia, I looked up a list of caves then opened up tabs on the ones with the coolest names and then picked the one with the best features (namely, "not fully explored"). Hellhole was the one that fit the bill. Yay!
Plus, the Olympic torch really did go out. It turns out that this happens a lot, actually. They carry spares and everything. One of the times it went out was due to water (on a river, of all places!), but I picked one where it was just wind, and it happened to work out. Yay again!
Even better, there actually was an eclipse the day before the torch went out. I found this out because I was like, "Hmm, I need to put something here in this part, what would've happened in their storyline the day before? Let's see, what moon phase was it? Oh, there was an eclipse!" Yay again, again! It's like the damn Universe wants this book to be written, and it's just throwing material in my face.
Also, the meteor crater is a real place, known as Barringer Crater. I have been there, it is awesome in the literal sense of "gives you some awe to ponder." They have the Holsinger meteorite just out on display, it's not secured or anything (because it weighs 1,440 lbs, or 650 kg), you can touch it and everything. I believe they called them (the meteorites) "diablo stones," because of the nearby Canyon Diablo, but I might be making that up (plus, Googling "diablo stone" gets you all kinds of irrelevant shit). So I go and look the place up to build the pack's territory around it, and I see that it's right near Winslow, Arizona - and I just had to go for the stealth pun/reference. I had to. (Also, I decided to make Elias a trail guide before I looked up the town, and Google-maps-ing Winslow puts you right at the intersection near the Old Trails Museum, which was a little too convenient...)
OK, that's enough outta me. Bedtime!