This chapter begins the set up for the big climax. I'm getting all my ducks in a row and all those other clichés about getting things in order. I'm also trying to wrap up all the other dangling plot hooks, like Grace's graduation, so that the climax is the end. This was a problem once I realized where I was going during NaNo. I had too much, or so I thought, that needed resolution.
Detective McCoy has the name of his prime suspect in the latest killing. No surprise, it's Tricia. And Krista now has a major scoop, thanks to Brenna. Krista should get a raise or a promotion out of this bit of investigative journalism. This is the end of Krista's story arc, such as it was. Brenna could finally say the killer's name to someone.
Grace is hitting maximum nervousness. Brenna probably should have tased her, but she's too nice. Officer Henderson, though, doesn't have a sense of humour while working and would stop her. Brenna might be able to claim self-defense; Grace is good at looming.
Tricia, at this point, isn't worried about the police arresting her. She's more concerned about her minions, in that she doesn't have a quick way to replace them if the police execute a search warrant on her home. With the Ashen Man as a passenger inside her head, Tricia has access to more magical power than ever. She also sees no reason to not use the energy. To her, there is no such thing as overkill. The result? Four dead police officers and one crushed police cruiser.
A note on the research for this chapter. I had looked into what sort of vehicle the San Diego Police Department uses. I was going to put in a place holder, a Ford Crown Victoria, since that seems to be common and was once the car of choice locally. A quick Google revealed that, at the time, the car in use was... a Ford Crown Victoria! Great! That's three words where a vehicle like the Dodge Charger is just two. Then I realized something. Tricia doesn't care what the police cruiser's make and model are, just that there are two cops inside. But, at least I knew what the car looked like before it was crushed.
|San Diego Police Department cruiser, before Tricia crushed it, photo via Wikipedia.|
Friday, Halliday family reunion, in The Soul Blade Chapter 34.
Also Friday, over at Psycho Drive-In, Deadpool.
Saturday, over at The Seventh Sanctum, hiatus week as I will be at CanGames.