Monday, August 29, 2016

In/Exhale Continues

Today starts off a very long day for Kai that I hope you all will enjoy. While I was working on it, I worried about it being too long as it is technically the longest chapter in the series so far. However, it has some really crucial scenes between Kai and those close to him, including a couple characters who are becoming increasingly prominent in the series, and I realized there was no way to trim it down without losing some of this.

It's possible I may do one week as a two-parter, but I haven't decided that yet. I have a little bit of tweaking I realized I need to do in the later part of the chapter, so that may be what pushes me to spreading this out to four weeks. I know the wait is difficult, and I'm sorry! I've been posting the full chapters on my blog once they're all posted here, so you're always welcome to read them in their entirety there.

Last Week on In/Exhale: The weight of suppressing his darkness all day comes crashing down around Kai, but fortunately Renee is there to help him through it. He confesses to her some of the closely guarded secrets of his hospitalization: that he lost it during a group therapy session and threw a chair, and as a result spent some time in isolation, which triggered him to attempt suicide. With no one else available to stay with Kai, Renee offers, grateful he's letting her in more and more every day and yet deeply worried about him.

This Week on In/Exhale: Jon comes home in the very early morning and startles Renee awake. He looks ready to collapse and yet insists on grilling her about what happened that evening and why Renee stayed with Kai. He won't admit why, but urges Renee to promise she'll go to Kai's appointment with Dr. Miller and inform the doctor of Kai's strange behavior. Kai wakes up, shocked he's not torn from his usual nightmares, and pieces of what happened the day before slowly come back to him. He's still afraid that Renee is slowly seeing through his smoke and mirrors and will realize she doesn't actually love him, and yet the way she looks at him reassures him that isn't true.

Next Week on In/Exhale: Renee accompanies Kai to his session with Dr. Miller, who is becoming increasingly concerned about Kai's unstable mood and his suicidal thoughts, but knows she has to tread very carefully so she won't spook Kai before she can help him. Kai goes to his nutritionist appointment, expecting to be chastised for his bad eating habits, but instead, she's sympathetic and urges Kai to see further help for his eating problem.

February 8, 2001 - Part I

If you've forgotten what Kai and his pals got up to in the first part of Season 3, you can read the "Previously On..." to refresh your memory. Or you can hit the updated Table of Contents to re-read any episode.

See you all next week,


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