I've been gone a while. It mostly had to do with real life intruding. Once things calmed down, I was able to slowly, ever so slowly, get back into writing Chapter 15. It didn't help that the path I was supposed to take was hard to find out there in the puckerbrush. I hope it was worth the wait. Now that it's winter and I'll be more or less housebound until April, there shouldn't be such a huge gap between Chapters -- I hope. It's best not to poke at Mr. Murphy's beehive too much.