*crawls out from under avalanche of RL; clambers to feet, shakes stuff out of hair, picks rocks out of beard--freezes*
You didn't see that.
[A transcript of Denise's reaction to this chapter.]
Oh--LOL--thank you! I needed that, and so did my Muse.
I feel for you, dear readers; please don't have a heart attack, Mffantasia. Really, I do. But RL has gotten so hectic that I'm less than half of the way through Ch. 15, and I'm trying to make what I've got last until I'll have more time to write. That means I'm going to keep posting a chapter every two weeks for the foreseeable future. Sorry, Elrûn--no quick resolution to the Ranger's dilemna.
It's coming. Hang in there. Thank you for your appreciation, and most especially your patience.