I’ve worked on this story the way I usually work, consistently but with time gaps between. I’m happy with the final draft. I’m sure in a month or two, I’ll reread it and consider some other changes.
One friend was concerned about the reference to a shotgun, a valid point, but when I read it, I see a desperate attempt at humor and distance by Kelly. For me, given where she lives, it fits. But I might change my mind.
So consider the draft below this post “the final” draft. In a day or two, I’m going to add it to my list of published stories.