As always, please read the chapter first Spoilers, darlings.
In Lethal Ladies #16, we saw Sexton's view of Rose's game of Three Card Monte. This time around, the view is from Rose's side of the board. With Elena having problems eluding her pursuer, Rose stepped in and revealed her cards. Rose even gave her reasons - keep Sexton off balance. Again, this was the original climax for the story. Again, this is nowhere near the 50 000 word goal for NaNoWriMo. Here is where I started reworking the idea to lengthen it. The true act of desperation is coming, though.
Rose has a good idea of her opponent's mindset. She's now working several moves ahead of Sexton, thus the chess reference. "Bishop to King Five" has no real relevance outside the reference; the notation is to show the bishop on the opposite colour of the player's pieces moving to the fifth row in front of the king's starting spot just past the halfway point. The smoke bomb is to push Sexton further. Rose wants Sexton to keep after her without giving him time to stop and plan. If Sexton can only react, Rose can lead him around in circles until she gets him where she wants. Sexton isn't a rookie, though. He will get a chance to try to take the advantage away.
Tomorrow, Rose digs deeper into Sexton's plot.
Saturday, over at MuseHack, Lost in Translation takes another look at the Muppets.
Coming soon, the NaNo 2013 post mortem.