Sue has had her first run-in with The Thing. It goes not quite well. Lee Overton’s grouchy ancestor makes another appearance. Sue’s mom gets pissed, lays down the law, and tells Sue a story about their Devil-fucking ancestor. So, yes, the Devil’s in it, briefly. They go to the time-traveling cave. A dog is inadvertently killed in their attempt to figure out how to work the cave and Metcalf is sent in the dead dog’s stead. Probably they should have just sent the dead guy in the first place, but the dog has to die for thematic reasons.
If we consider this book a roller-coaster with two big hills, we have just reached the top of the first hill and shit must start to hit the fan–the thing must get loose. Lee must dispatch his wife and try to abscond with Sue. The thing must then be subdued and Lee must be off to the future. And then 1867 can end.
The second draft is going to suck, but I am having a blast with this first one, let me tell you. It’s all dead babies and charming assholes and weird visions.
Speaking of weird visions, I need for Sue to have had one. But I’ll have to sleep on what that is.
Oh, it’s a weird book. I’m not sure if anyone will love it as much as I do, but I really do.