Brenna can't get away from the murders. Welcome to the commentary for The Soul Blade Chapter 15.
Tricia's actions have pulled Brenna back into the investigation. The police don't like coincidences, and Brenna's already been at the scene of one murder and the scene of an attempted murder. Detective McCoy believes Brenna's involved in some way, but isn't sure how. Brenna, though, is a recent addition to the serial killings. Fortunately for her, Brenna has a good alibi for her whereabouts during the last murder. The bit with Detective Kirk was a last minute thought that got tossed in. The idea was a riff on Kirk's reputation on the original Star Trek, and him hitting on Grace added a few extra words. The extra doesn't advance the story, but gives an off-stage character a bit more rounding.
Missy's shop is one she dreamt of having as a teenager, a small surf shop on the beach. She keeps busy trying to keep the shop afloat, but it's hers. The name is one I had to think about and verify that it didn't exist at the time of writing. "Gnarly's Boards" sounds like it should be a real place. Now, there is a business with that name, selling electric skateboards, but at the time, there wasn't anything a quick Google search could find.
Brenna doesn't have much of a description of Tricia. From her view, the attack happened too fast. She was getting into her van when her mother yelled at her to drop down, then some crazy woman tried to stab her. The only time Brenna could focus on anything other than the knife was after she broke the blade. Tricia has a witness who doesn't know who she is. Missy will have to wait some more before finding out all the juicy details.
The police weren't able to get to the crime scene before the press this time around. The fewer details that got out, the lower the chance of a copycat murder. The forensics teams involved could find the killing wound and the postmortem cuts, allowing the police to release a notice about the past murders, including cause of death, but not what happened to the skeleton. "No need to panic the public." Tricia chose a very public place for her latest attack, throwing away all attempts at keeping the series of murders quiet.
Krista is part of the group Brenna hung with in high school. If you look back at the excerpt of an early Brenna story in the commentary for Chapter 12, you'll find Sylvia. I couldn't find that file at the time of writing, so gave Sylvia a new name. I never expected to post the excerpt. Krista and Missy are people Brenna can count on, not just to help her out, but give her a kick in the pants when she needs it.
It was a slower chapter, though the story is moving. Next week's chapter gets Brenna back into investigating. For now, she needed to recover a little, then get a kick in the pants.
Tomorrow, Brenna's pulled back in, in The Soul Blade Chapter 16.
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, preparing an adaptation's audience.
Saturday, over at The Seventh Sanctum, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.