And now the critical race against time begins. One character may die, but I really want them to survive. We'll see what happens in this first draft.
I estimate it'll go over 35,000 words. If it goes to 40,000 I may get to call it a novel after all.
Oh, did I mention a completely new character came out of the blue and introduced herself as the security chief? Welcome aboard, Ms. Osnapper. Behave yourself.