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Fasten your seatbelts... here's an update!

My Muse was very kind to me today. I got all 3900 words of this chapter written in one day! Go me!

This is definitely the longest yet. I knew it was going to be when the first three sentences of my outline (which was 3 pages long) took 800 words to write. LOL.

We join Lois, gagged and tied up in the dark, as she drifts in and out of consciousness: 

The memories coursed through her even faster – she had replayed her recovered memories from Niagara to the fateful kiss a thousand and one times this last week – but even so, everything in the last five years swam across her vision with blinding speed, stopping only briefly on the milestones. Superman’s disappearance. Clark’s as an afterthought. Meeting Richard. Jason’s birth. Their joys over his development and worries over his health. The airplane rescue, and Superman’s teasing repetition of his words to her about the safety of air travel. The ordeal on the Gertrude
 
Almost like a movie running in slow motion, her mind paused on the look of wicked avarice and knowledge on Luthor’s face as he processed the notion that Jason might be Superman’s son— 
 
The piano crashed through the walls of her mind like a subliminal anvil, obliterating Luthor’s terrifying visage. She found herself trapped in the galley with Jason, his hand slowly reaching toward the handle. At any moment, the door would burst open, Richard on the other side…
 
Slam!
 
The door was kicked open, off its hinges. Clark, in one of his oversized suits, rushed into the room, taking both of them into his strong arms. Memory blended into dream, and she sighed in relief that her protector, her love, was here to save them.
 
As they clung to each other, a sound filled the air of her dream. Footsteps drawing ever closer, inexorable. Thud. Thud. Thud. Clark’s head snapped up toward the sound; Jason’s eyes were wide with terror. Clark brought them to their feet, muscles tensing in preparation for flight. Thud. Thud. Thud.
 
Lex Luthor slid into the doorway, the green glow of the pure kryptonite in his hand reflecting in his lifeless eyes, making them look like nothing more than reptilian slits… Clark began to sink to his knees and a shaking Jason soon joined him, as Luthor stalked ever closer with the deadly mineral… Thud. Thud. Thud.
 
Thud!
 
Lois snapped awake fully from her nightmare, shivering with the realization that the sound she was hearing was real. Someone was pounding on the heavy door, with enough force that she could hear it even through the soundproofing.

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sean_montgomery
Nov. 25th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
I got all 3900 words of this chapter written in one day!

*jaw slams to the floor* Holy friggin' cow! GO YOU! 3900 words? I can only DREAM about that kind of progress for one chapter! :D

Great teaser! I wonder who could be banging on the other side of that door...?

Psst, can you send your muse my way? I sent mine to Bisty, and she left me nothing to work with...
bistyboo1974
Nov. 25th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
*sends her back*

She didn't stick. She's all yours now.

Mine will be better in the morning, after a good night's sleep. ;-)
sean_montgomery
Nov. 25th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
And suddenly, my fingers are flying on the keypad. Imagine that... :P
bistyboo1974
Nov. 25th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
She likes you better... ;-)
htbthomas
Nov. 25th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
I can only DREAM about that kind of progress for one chapter! :D

Believe me, I can usually only dream about it, too! I don't think I've even written a chapter this long in my fanfic career. Let alone in one day. (Ch. 27 clocked in at 3800 words, though, so I guess that's close.) But after the betas get done with it, I'm sure it'll top 4000. I usually add about 500-800 words post-beta.

I just sent the Muse your direction. She's a little tired, and she gets goofy when tired...
sean_montgomery
Nov. 25th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
She's a little tired, and she gets goofy when tired...

Boy, I'll say. Suddenly my 600-somthin' words morphed into well over 2100! I might have to send you this and see if I should end it where it is, or bend to your 3900 word pressure and continue. ;D
bistyboo1974
Nov. 25th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Lovin' the preview, Queenmeister. ;-) Hope your betas work at superspeed so we can get the complete chapter soon!
kalalanekent
Nov. 25th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Totally have to second that to you, Barbara love! I had planned to send my notes in this morning, while I'm STILL AWAKE AFTER BLACK FRIDAY WAITING FOR ANISSA TO LEAVE FOR GEORGIA! (Sorry, I wanted to shout loud enough to get her moving so I can sleep. :)) But it seems that you managed fine without my two cents. I love the 'Life Flashes By' sequence in this, BTW. Will be checking over at FF frequently now. Hurry up! :)
htbthomas
Nov. 25th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope you're sleeping now, sweetie.

Your chat the other night, and anissa7118's help on the outline kicked the Muse into wakefulness again. betty brant got back to me as well, so I had all sorts of Musey goodness mid-afternoon yesterday.

As for FF... I don't think I'll post this there until the email system is functional again. There're still a bunch of regulars who haven't reviewed, due to not knowing about the LAST update. So I'll wait. Maybe post it on Tuesday in honor of the DVD release.

But it'll be here and the other 3 places whenever it's ready.
kalalanekent
Nov. 25th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Good deal. And I'm also waiting for a bunch of my regulars to catch on that mine is up. We send personal alerts the other day, but it seems that none got through. I HATE it when this happens.

Oh, trust me. I'm picking up the Donnor Cut and SR Tuesday, just in time for the two of them to be left alone and thinking in 'IACBTM'. Flashbacks, anyone? :D I love this story, especially when I can torture the two of them like that.

And yes, I dropped out around 9:30 this morning. Yesterday was a LONG day.
htbthomas
Nov. 25th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
IACBTM?
kalalanekent
Nov. 25th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
'It's All Coming Back To Me', chapter Twenty-Two. The 'Big Argument'.
htbthomas
Nov. 25th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
I hope they work at superspeed, too! Actually, jenna_knight has already sent it back. So 1 down, 2 to go.
shaan_lien
Nov. 25th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
that's one hell of a teaser. You sure do know how to make a cliff hanger. Do you rent your muse out, by chance? Mine could use an example of work ethic.
htbthomas
Nov. 25th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Rent her out? I just sent her over to sean_montgomery, so if she's not tuckered out after that... ;)

I'm working on your chapter now, so hopefully you'll get it back pretty soon.
jiggery_pokery_
Nov. 25th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Eek! Amazing teaser, I can't wait to read more. How's it going? :) *Hopes it's well and nearly ready for posting* Ha, because I'm so totally not impatient at all. :P
htbthomas
Nov. 25th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
It's there now! Hee hee.
mark_clark
Nov. 25th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
A long teaser to be accompanied by a long chapter. Me like. You know how I like long chapters any way. The teaser was wonderful. I do wonder what/who was making all of that noise. I have a pretty good guess, but I'll wait and see if my guess is correct.
htbthomas
Nov. 25th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, you are a big fan of the long ones... I know this well. Glad I could make you happy!
therealmarajade
Nov. 25th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
That's the thing about Bryan Singer's idea of giving Superman a son that I like - the fact that now not only Kryptonite makes him weak, but his SON does as well. :P

I know, it was Lois' nightmare, but even so...foreshadowing, anyone? ;)

Can't wait for the chapter! ;)
htbthomas
Nov. 25th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
Did you detect a teensy bit of foreshadowing? *makes a face*

The chapter's up! Come see!
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