Chapter 10 located HERE.
In retrospect, it might have been better to cut chapter 0/1 and start with Ely waking up in the middle of nowhere, because as it stands, the readers know exactly what Ely’s forgetting, but Ely doesn’t, and I’m sure that’s frustrating… but at the same time, Chapters 0/1 are necessary to establish Ely’s character and motivations, as well as to provide her background. Uguu why is writing so hard ><
I’ll probably rewrite them soon to remove all named mention of her motivation; sorry that those of you who are already here would have had the surprise spoiled ; ; I’m still trying to figure out things as I go with this one. At the same time, I might need to delete all comments pertaining to that person, so please understand if you find yours deleted in the near future.
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Of course, you might end up with the opposite problem, with readers taking her current story to be the whole truth, which might cause later developments to seem too random… ?
It’s not that I like chapters 0/1 just the way they are, of course. Perish the thought. ?
I’m actually worried about that, too. The reason why I put in chapter 0/1 in the first place is so that readers understand that she has a motivation to keep going on – even if she doesn’t remember it at the moment. It also allows her to avoid being a complete anti-hero, which considering what I described her doing in Chapter 9, is an entirely reasonable misunderstanding. Bringing in that person later on might therefore seem tacked-on or random, even if it had been planned from the beginning (which it has).
At the same time, I feel like there’s a very distinct flavour of suffering that arises from having access to information that the characters don’t, so I may keep it as is, too. I’ll need to think about it and decide.