Done. All it lacks is a final read-through and maybe a tiny bit of tweaking, but for all intents and purposes, 5 is finished.
As I feared, it had to be cut. Hugely. It was well over 6000 words and still going, so I went back and found a fair stopping point somewhere around the 5000-word mark and put in a fade-out to the next scene, which will be the start of chapter 6 now.
All the smut got moved. My apologies for that, I know you were looking forward to these two idiots finally getting their act together. But I think it ended up working better this way story-wise, because it’s becoming more and more obvious as it progresses that Molly might not be ready just yet for a physical relationship with King…but she’s getting there, and by the end of chapter 5, she’s working up to it.
As for King…something is holding him back, and it’s not really clear to me yet what it is. For a manwhore, he sure does seem to have some qualms about bedding this one. Somewhere between the end of 5 and the beginning of 6 I’m going to figure it out. I hope to god it doesn’t have anything to do with the page his book was marked at, though I have a sinking feeling that it might be.
But again, the good news is that thanks to the cut, 6 is already half written and it’s ALL.SMUT. All I have to do is get that little issue of WHAT THE HELL IS YOUR PROBLEM YOU FOOLS?!? sorted out and fit it in wherever it ends up belonging, and in a couple of days you’ll have what you’ve been waiting for. Until then, you’ll have what I hope you’ll consider a nice little build up to what’s coming.
And now I’m off to bed, because it’s 5:00 in the morning and I haven’t slept yet. When I get up I’ll get this thing polished and hand it over.