In this chapter: The relative safety of Hong Kong an hour or two away, Megyn is suddenly abducted by her brother, Sartaq, to guarantee Spence’s continued silence. Told he can have her back in Singapore, Spence reels with his inability to protect Megyn. Continue reading
In this chapter: Sartaq spends the night in an alley across the avenue from Spence and Li’s hotel. Searching for a weapon to use in the morning, he finds two, one silent, the second noisy but more certain. But memories of Li as a child haunt his night. Continue reading
In this chapter: Spence returns from the bathroom on the train to empty seats. Megyn returns a few minutes later but is nothing like her former self. Spence wonders if she’s had a stroke but they finish the trip to Guangzhou where they walk to their hotel for the night, all the while Megyn behavior leaving Spence mystified, concerned and annoyed. Continue reading
In this chapter: Megyn (Lili) confronts her brother, Sartaq, on the train to Guangzhou. She tries to convince him to leave Spence alone by promising to keep him quiet. Sartaq allows her to think she has won him over but, in fact, he’s hatched another plan that relies on her unsuspecting cooperation. Continue reading
In this chapter: On the first leg of their trip home aboard the high speed train from Wuhan to Guangzhou, Megyn reacts strongly when Spence describes the killer he saw in the forest but Megyn won’t tell Spence what she now suspects. Continue reading
Serpent’s Smile is halfway done. When finished, the novel will contain thirty chapters. Fourteen have been posted to this point including chapter “One and a Half” so thirteen is really fourteen. Added up, their 45,000 words are slightly over half the 80,000 total … Continue reading
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Hillary’s ticket out? I quote: The Obama Administration has begun a systematic examination of its national security classification policies, known as the Fundamental Classification Guidance Review (FCGR), in an effort to eliminate obsolete classification requirements and to reduce national security … Continue reading
In this chapter: Sartaq discovers that his half-sister’s boyfriend, Spencer Blake, is the witness he’s been hoping to find. She innocently tells Sartaq their travel plans and he begins plotting how to permanently silence him without disrupting his bigger plans for the attack in Singapore. Meanwhile, Spence finishes the last day of the seminar and calls Megyn so they can begin what they both still hope will be their uneventful trip home from China. Continue reading
In this chapter: Coerced into finishing the class by suspected collusion between the government’s security agency and the school, Spence lines up the earliest possible escape after class, first from Wuhan and then China, all at considerable expense he cannot afford. Continue reading
I’m doing some consulting work ($$) for a couple of weeks.
Spence, Megyn and Sartaq will, therefore, enjoy some down time. They will re-animate on Saturday, March 19th.
FYI: If you poked your nose in here earlier today and read “Chapter Twelve – Pressure” but don’t see it now, that’s ’cause when I tried to do a quick pass for punctuation errors, I ended up filling every page with red ink. That much blood means it needs major surgery. Until that happens, I’ve retracted it. The chapter is now sulking in the corner and licking its wounds. To those who read it earlier this morning before I pulled it, rest assured the intestinal distress will soon pass. Just keep the windows open.