Frankly, it was a bit of a relief Carrie had posted something new, because it gave me more time to do another illustration for this chapter. If you don't see an illustration here, it's because all was for naught- I've been having a tough time motivating myself. And now I'm sick and feel even less like drawing- however, that seems like a lame excuse after I just watched this behind-the-scenes thing of a performer dancing all night for a music video despite fighting a nasty cold.
This extended lack of activity on my part is especially bad timing considering I inadvertently freaked out Carrie and Bambi a week or so ago when I suggested that if anything bad were to befall me, Carrie could carry on posting the rest of this story on behalf of Bambi instead. I wasn't trying to say that I expect anything bad to happen to me, but you never know. As I said to Bambi, it's not that different from giving the babysitter emergency numbers. It's not like you're anticipating tragedy to strike, but you want to be prepared just in case.
I've decided to just throw in the towel and upload this next part sans illustration, and if I feel more up to it later, I may still do an illustration for it and insert it retroactively or perhaps upload it as a separate post.
It's not as if Bambi's words don't stand up perfectly well on their own, but I see it as a good way to force myself to draw more, plus I want to illustrate it just because I feel so gosh darn passionately about this story.
One last thing: I don't know if anybody else will, but a minor detail I found interesting in this part is the fact that Margot owns a smartphone. Nothing strange about that- a lot of people do these days, but it's kind of funny when you realize that it's a piece of technology that probably hadn't even been invented at the time Bea started this story. Not that I find the presence of a smartphone incongruous; I don't think of this story as taking place in any specific time period- it's just an interesting indicator of how long it's taken for us to get a sequel. I guess in the grand scheme of things, being forced to wait a couple extra weeks for my lazy a** to post the next installment isn't so bad by comparison.
Okay, enough blathering from me. Here's the second half of Chapter 9: