Tuesday, October 13, 2015

In/Exhale Continues - Back to School

A head's up about the next couple days: So Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3 are both really crucial days in the third season storyline for Kai, Renee, Jon, and Vicky. They're both pretty long days, especially Friday, but I hope you'll enjoy them.

At this point (Friday), all the stress of the past week is beginning to mount on Kai. He's still alienated from Jon because of their fight, and the intensity of his nightmares means he's been sleeping less and less. But at the same time, Kai is struggling to fight against everything and still live his life. So today (and Saturday) are the affects of that.

Also, when I was working on Season Three, one thing I realized was that Renee was almost too perfect. Too accepting. Too forgiving. And while she is very accepting and forgiving and loving of Kai, his illness affects her just as much as it does him, so over the course of Friday's episodes, we'll begin to see more of her side of things and not just Kai's.

Friday is divided into four episodes, with each carrying its own little story arch of sorts. I know that makes it an incredibly long day, but it's insanely long for Kai so that's partially why I wanted the text to reflect that. Some of these episodes will be difficult to read, but they're all crucial to Kai and Renee's story. I hope, that when we reach the end of this portion of the season, you will be incredibly satisfied by how far everyone has come.

Previously on In/Exhale: Kai has had an agonizing week filled with panic attacks, hearing loss, and betrayals by those he feels close to. Horrible nightmares have affected his sleep, and Kai is beginning to feel alienated and frustrated, yet at the same time is determined not to give up.

This Week on In/Exhale: Kai and Jon still haven't reconciled; if anything, they're growing farther apart as Kai can't get over his anger. Lack of sleep and a torrent of emotions, including his persistent anxiety haunt Kai throughout the day and begin to take their toll on those around him. Kai meets with his advisor as he plans the next stage of his school life.

Next Week on In/Exhale: We see behind Kai's curtain as we witness some of his coping strategies and struggles that have otherwise been veiled. Renee feels the distance between her and Kai grow, and upset and with no one to talk to about everything going on with Kai, she confides in someone all of Kai's secrets. But it's possible Kai has already been pushed to his breaking point.

February 2, 2001 - Part I

I've updated the Table of Contents, as always.

I also wanted to say a special thank you for those of you who offered support to me last week, especially Pepper, Lovis, Anne, and Dani. It really meant a lot, especially with how bad my headache has been in the past few days. Thank you. And thank you to all my readers who have stuck by me for two and a half seasons!


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