23,000 words now. I haven't had so much time to write, the last couple of weeks. Still, things are moving along. Here's another little sample—it's a snippet that I rather like, but which may get cut in the final version (because it veers rather sharply off-course from the subject of the scene).
Miyo grinned. "You obviously never met Haruka and Michiru."
"They aren't in the 'Queen Serenity and her Senshi' anime," explained Dhiti, and Miyo gave a short bark of laughter.
"How can you not know who they were?" asked Suzue, looking faintly disgusted. "Don't you study history at all? And that…that anime…is the most disgraceful, ludicrous piece of trash—"
"Oh, no, it's great!" protested Beth.
"Yeah, it's not bad, in a goofy kind of way," added Dhiti.
"It's pretty funny, actually," put in Miyo.
"I like it," said xxx [Sailor Moon's real name].
Suzue stared at them all, horrified. "Oh, Blessed Lady, please don't tell me I'm going to have to start watching it," she muttered.
Dhiti patted her on the shoulder. "There, there," she said. "It's all right. You can keep on watching nice, safe documentaries about earthworms. We don't mind."
Without thinking, Suzue reached up and took Dhiti's hand in both of hers. "Thank you," she said sincerely.
Ahem. Okay, it's not the most serious writing in the world. Sue me. ^_^
I've received some more fan art—a rather neat piece of Beth and Bendis— which I must get around to posting. (My apologies to the artist.) And that's all for now…