Well, my 6th chapter is in the queue, so it should be up soon.
*chapter 6 spoilers below*
I received some messages regarding the fate of Lieutenant James and though I did feel a bit conflicted killing him off, he did serve his purpose. He was supposed to be a temporary source of conflict and unfortunately from the beginning, his purpose was to provide a bit more elaboration on the transformation process. I've already written and planned out quite a bit of my story, so I couldn't have reversed his death.
Don't worry, it's not going to be smooth-sailing, there are many more mysteries and antagonists in the future, hopefully you'll enjoy my future plot developments.