Ran into some problems while spending the holidays with family. I thought I was being smart by buying a new HD to store all my story information on to carry with me, but instead the new drive died and is apparently unrecoverable. Thus I have no access to the story, the updates or my copious notes about the various characters.
I'm still trying to see if I can somehow get someone to break into my house, enter my computer and send me all of my data, but most of my friends are the non-computer types.
So that means that the story is going to be delayed. Since I'll be gone until mid-January, it could be a month long absence, or I could get it straightened out sooner.
I'm sorry for the delay in the story. If I'd been more careful, and hadn't assumed in the infallibility of new toys, I'd have been better protected.
OK, I got an earlier version of the chapter up, and I managed to remember the password to my ASSTR account. You shouldn't notice much difference, but the final version I left behind was a bit cleaner than this one. Hopefully there aren't too many bugs in this one.
Basically, this version features Alex's return to New Orleans, where the whole story began over a year ago (3 months in story time). No real surprises this chapter, those will wait for Chapter 7.