The Changing of the Guard – Seventh Watch

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Let’s return to the night of explosion, shall we? A third perspective is here, if only briefly, to bring us some insights we maybe didn’t have previously. Your comments and criticism are welcome as always. Enjoy!

I don’t believe that Neil will return in POV capacity. I do think he had something valuable to offer, but now that we have it, we don’t need him anymore.

We get our first glimpse of Trent, DK lieutenant. Except we don’t really see him. Neil isn’t really one for noting people’s appearances. He has an ear for sound, however. He connects a memory of his to what we can assume is Gray in the earlier stages of Earl’s “seduction,” and it’s not a happy connection. We hear Earl’s words. We hear the cry of a raven.

(This is why the songbird description in chapter one is problematic, by the by. Still not sure what to do with it, but it’s not like Gregg knows what birds are. Hohoho.)

What to say…

Oh, yes. Remember how in chapter five, the halberdiers were missing when Gray left the DK HQ? :)

I can say with confidence that this is the last new perspective for a long time. The next three chapters are written from perspectives we’ve already encountered.

I’m having a hard time thinking of much to say here… enjoy Neil and his simple techniques. Or don’t. I hope this chapter ties a few of the chaotic night’s events together, but if it doesn’t, or if it confuses them somehow, let me know. Also, one of my beta readers just didn’t like Neil. Thought he was too simple to provide anything. Obviously I don’t agree, but my mind could be changed by a consensus against the poor kid.


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3 thoughts on “The Changing of the Guard – Seventh Watch

  1. Alright, so I read another chapter. Writing these chapter reviews are becoming a pardon of absence for me. But hey, whatever works, right?

    I greatly enjoyed Neil as a character, as he is of simple desires and mindset, and self-reliant. What’s more, he’s worldly enough to know what’s what and how to deal with it. This lends him a great deal of appeal in an environment where it’s basically a matter of ‘to each his own and god to all’. He arguably shows a warped sense of empathy towards the whore-girl from his memories; this in a setting that has sparingly little of it. His fatalist take on this particular mission is morbid and cynical, but his willingness to see it through regardless is justified all the same by his background, lending him a melancholic streak that provides debt.

    I can see why you might opt not to assume this POV again in future chapters, but I personally would sure be interested to see more events analyzed from his angle.

    • There’s nothing to pardon, we all lead busy lives :)

      And once again you bring feedback that is very interesting to me. That you want Neil to come back in particular. I’ll consider it!

      By the way what’ve you been up to, and why aren’t you on the forums? :P

      • Oh, I’m always on the forums, one wayor another ;)

        But to answer the actual question, I’ve been very preoccupied with the production of an improvised play of sorts. No writing on my part, mind you. Mostly décor and prop building and some general participating in the organization. Nothing major, but it was a first-timer for everyone involved, so we had a lot on our plate. It was well received by the participants though, so I guess we did a good job.

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