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Well, it's only fair...

...and of course, giving a little update status and teaser never hurt anyone, either.

Apparently, according to bistyboo1974's friend pamalax, it's BETA APPRECIATION DAY!!! So here's an ultra big HUG to my peeps, old and new, who have helped me out:

Georgia Kennedy - my Spidey beta, and soon to be co-author.
betty brant - my DV beta, she of the incredible amount of discussion and detailed help
mark_clark - my beta for all SR-related stuff so far, a great co-author and all-around fun and loyal friend
jenna_knight - a fabuloso Spidey and SR writer who lends a keen eye to my stuff
coltdancer - the creator of the banner of awesomeness above who never fails to provide an AZARFAFA! when I need it.
bistyboo1974 - my 'twin sis' who always seems to know how to help me over my writer's block
kalalanekent and anissa7118 - my super!stalkers whom I stalk in return, and who drive me to ever greater heights of hilarity
mr_beeto - who made sure my construction theory actually held water, and whose prolificacy astounds me

I hope I haven't missed anyone... I suck in advance, if so.

And now...

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The sound of the faint click of Jason’s door closing almost echoed in Lois’ ears. For several seconds, not even the cheerful sound of Jason’s cartoon channel penetrated her thoughts. A gray wash covered all five senses, and she felt as blank as the look Jason had just given her before he went upstairs.

Beside her, Richard exhaled noisily, breaking her from her trance. “That was unexpected.”

Lois nodded numbly. What do I do now? Does he just need time? Or does he want me to follow him up there?

She didn’t have time to make any sort of decision – Richard was already rising from the couch.

“What are you doing?" Lois asked tensely.

Richard looked down at her, affronted. “I'm going up there. I’m still his daddy no matter what happens after this.” He started forward, but Lois laid a restraining hand on his arm.

“Is that really the best thing to do here? Maybe he just needs a few moments to sort this out in his mind.” It seemed a weak argument, even as she was saying the words.

Richards eyebrows raised, an expression of ‘oh, really?’ crossing his face. “We don't know what he's thinking right now... he's only five years old, Lois.”

Lois stood, suddenly defensive. “Even when I was five years old, Richard, I needed plenty of time to myself…” Lois’ gaze drifted toward the stairs, and she made a sudden decision. “We'll go up together.”

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I'm at 1,187 words. I guess that's probably halfway. Maybe less, I'm not sure. All depends on how distracted I get this evening. *wubs* to all!

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sean_montgomery
Jan. 8th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
*gasps* The big parent/child 'discussion' chapter! This is gonna be a good one too. And why do I get the feeling that the Super!Sprout is thinking more than he's letting on...?

(psst... I know I said half an hour, but give me another fifteen minutes. I'm almost done. *grin*)
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Hey, Speedy Gonzales! Yep, it's that chapter. I hope I do it justice... *winces*
sean_montgomery
Jan. 8th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Yep, it's that chapter. I hope I do it justice...

I feel the same way about this current one. It's not much, but it's still a big part of the story.

And... it's on its way to you now. : )
ancarett
Jan. 8th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
Oh, that's tantalizing. I know that at that age my kids were capable of some pretty interesting thoughts and insights. . . .
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
And we all know Jason is pretty insightful... ;)
rogue_lane
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
OMG! Poor Jason!

You better make this right! *raises the fist of DOOOM"
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
Does that fist of DOOOM look similar to this?

And gosh, no pressure, huh? ;)
rogue_lane
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
No it's bigger, has spikes and can electrocute you.

But no pressure hon, take as long as you need.

*sharpens spikes*
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh, no!! Not spikes!
rogue_lane
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Pfft! The electrocution will have you numb by the time the spikes sink into your skin and tear it open.

;)
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
....








(lol)
bistyboo1974
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Like I told Abby earlier, poor Jason is getting put through the emotional wringer by a few of us this week. Poor munchkin. *hugs him*

And *HUGS* for you, for giving me a shout-out. I love helping you out. Just holler if ever you need me, you know that. :-)
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
I was seriously thinking the same thing. It's "poor Jason" week around here. It's a good thing the kid has loving parents to help him through all of this stuff.

I got a bunch more done, but I'm still not finished. I thought of an interesting way to bring up the dreaded "subject"... I hope it turns out as well as I hope. :)
jenna_knight
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Great teaser. And *hugs* for all the wonderful work you do for me (and 90% of the other SR writers).
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
*hugs you back*

90% might be a little high, but at least among my LJ friends that are SR writers, it's probably true! Sometimes I wonder what the people outside this 'circle' think about us. Like we're a 'club' or something. But membership is definitely not exclusive. You all are so much fun to chat and hang out with.
jenna_knight
Jan. 8th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely glad to be in the club. I feel like I'm finally sitting at the cool kids lunch table. Relatively speaking. :)

You all are definitely a fun bunch. And will I be seeing the rest of the DV chapter any time soon?
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
The 'cool kids table'? LOL. That's hilarious, considering how dorky I was in high school. Seriously. Total band geek, top ten, drama club, choir girl thing... But they do say life begins after high school for all of us like that.

(Did you know I've officially lived as long after high school as I did when I graduated? Lord Almighty...)

The rest of the chapter? Well, there are about 1900 words now, and I think I have 500 more. You might see it late tonight if I'm lucky. :)
jenna_knight
Jan. 8th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I snuck my lunch into my high school library while I did homework. It was against the rules to eat in there but I lived on the edge (JK). Sometimes a few friends would join me but other than that I was pretty anti-social.

"But they say life begins after high school for all of us like that." That's what I've been counting on. I'm just afraid of what life after college will be like!

"Did you know I've officially lived as long after high school as I did when I graduated?"

So does that make you 36? You seem to have a great family, a job you enjoy, an excellent hobby and good friends. So age doesn't really matter at that point. I feel like I'm getting old and I don't have the first two things figured out!

I hope to see the chapter tonight but no problem if you don't get it done. I'm impatient to find out what happens!
elliania
Jan. 8th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Oh!! Very nice teaser, m'dear!!! Can't wait!

Btw, Thanks to you to be my beta/english teacher! lol I learnt more with you than with any of my prof... haha! **HUGS**
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kat! More than your English prof? Whoa. But the one-on-one help probably does more than a class ever could. I know that's true for me in most things.

*hugs you back*
solitary_zero
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
Oooo... I'm really looking forward to this one :D
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
I hope you really like it then!
mark_clark
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words. I can certainly say the same about you, my dear friend. You have been a great help to me with my writing and I hope I have done the same to you in return.

The teaser was wonderful. It's tough for both Lois and Richard to handle this new situation. I do wonder if Clark will get involved sometime. I'll await the chapter for betaing.
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Well, if all goes well, I might have in in your email tonight. Otherwise, Tuesday. It's probably 500 words from the end, at 1900 words right now.
alamo_girl80
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Dude! It was beta appreciation day? GAH! *wubs to my super!beta Barb*

And, yeah. More on that teaser please. Its such a...tease. LOL!
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
Do I ever leave any other kind of teaser? I mean, that's the point, right? Get you interested enough to come back for more?

Hee. I hope it'll be posted Tuesday or Wednesday. We'll see. :)
oldromantic
Jan. 9th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Lol, did you just post Ch. 35 on FF.net? 'Cuz I JUST got the e-mail notification. And I got all excited too, thinking you had updated with Ch. 36... :P LOL

Oh, btw, thanks to you, I'm now addicted to Smallville again. *facepalm* I've caught a couple of episodes on late night TV (right as Lois came to the school there - what season is that again?) and after last night's eppy, "Transference" that ended with Margot Kidder's cameo, I am officially hooked. I didn't know that "my" Jensen was in that show!! (That season, at least.) *drool* I would've watched a LONG time ago, lol.

Anywho, just wanted to let you in on the "good" news. :P
htbthomas
Jan. 9th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
I got you hooked on Crackville?!? Cool!

Anyway, I updated on Jan. 1, but the ff.net alerts are still not back the way they should be. I hope I have another one in a couple of days! :)
leynalynn
Jan. 9th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
I missed beta appreciation day? Where have I been? *hugs Barbara* You are apreciated.

The teaser was well a tease. I feel for poor Jason. Life flipping upside down is now a welcomed thing. I can't wait to read how things go. Hopefully ff.net will stop being so slow. I still haven't recieved the alert for your last chapter.
htbthomas
Jan. 9th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks. I feel so loved. :)

Yeah, ff.net is still really sucky... :( I bet it'll be a pain for a while. I hope to have the chapter done in a day or two.
cyranothe2nd
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oooo...Nice
Very nice beginning. Love the tension between Richard and Lois.
Hey, can you do me a favor? I claimed some pics on 12 Days, but can't see my post...will you check and see if you can see it? (I don't use Live Journal much)
(((LOVE))))
htbthomas
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Oooo...Nice
I did see your post. Bisty will probably get back to you with your date tonight sometime!

Yeah, the tenseness continues a bit after this. :) I love that, too. I hope I have this ready in a day or two!
htbthomas
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Oooo...Nice
Oh, my, I just saw your review for Ch. 22! (Darn ff.net alerts STILL down)

This is a teaser for Ch. 36.... erk. If you find it easier for some reason to read this from LJ instead, here's the link to Ch. 23 (and I think the commentary here is way more fun, since you can read the replies, unlike ff.net.):

http://htbthomas.livejournal.com/9479.html

There are links to the next chapter at the end of the text of each chapter, before the comments.

But I wouldn't mind reviews over at ff.net, either. Your call!
cyranothe2nd
Jan. 10th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Re: Oooo...Nice
No worries, I'm all caught up with Deja Vu now. I didn't review *every* chapter because technically I was not on *ahem* personal time...my boss kept popping in...very nerve racking. I hope you're happy with the lengths you've forced me to!
htbthomas
Jan. 10th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
Re: Oooo...Nice
The lengths? OMG, I am the world worst slacker when it comes to using the computer at work. Luckily, my boss doesn't pop in on me all the time. :)

Thanks for catching up! Yay!
ellalou73
Jan. 11th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
I'm excited to see where the rest of this goes. This little bit was just wonderful as usual. Keep up the great work.

Ella
htbthomas
Jan. 11th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm plugging away at it now. *sigh* Not coming easily, so I hope this is worth it. :)
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