Penny: Eight thousand, right?
Penny: Eight thousand. That's about how many words you have left to write before you reach the NaNo goal?
Me: Oh, yeah. But when NaNo is over I have to start on the other narrative.
Penny: Think you'll make it?
Penny: How does it end?
Me: How does what end?
Penny: My narrative.
Me: *smiles* You should know. It's your story.
Penny: Yeah, but you've added a lot of stuff I didn't think you'd add.
Me: You told me a lot of things I never knew.
Penny: Such as?
Me: I don't think I can talk about that without offending some of the readers.
Penny: That's not all my fault.
Heather: You know, Penny, the first step toward recovery is admitting you have a problem.
Penny: You stay out of this, Heather. Go back to your own book.
Me: Ladies, please. Heather, I'll get back to your story in a little while. Right now I need to finish working on this one.
Heather: *takes a seat, muttering under breath* Man. She is never going to send a query for me. *yells* NYT's best-seller list is waiting for my story, Kat.
Me: Don't be such a prima donna, Heather. Have some patience.
Penny: *sighs* Now that that unpleasantness is behind us.
Heather: *sticks out her tongue*
Penny: You still have a character to name yet, huh?
Me: A couple of them.
Penny: I'm talking about my son.
Me: Your son?
Penny: That's what I said. My son.
Me: He already has a name.
Penny: No, no, no. His name can't stay like that. People will know.
Me: Know what?
Penny: You know.
Me: No, Penny, I don't know. I haven't written it yet.
Penny: You know, that thing I did that kicked this whole story into motion.
Me: Oh, you mean the kid...
Me: You know what you did was wrong, right?
Penny: That guy wronged me first. Twice, actually.
Me: Three wrongs don't make a right.
Penny: I did what I had to do. I helped more people than I hurt. Besides, the ones who got hurt were bad, and I couldn't get justice any other way.
Me: So, you're a vigilante?
Penny: Can we get back to the point? What are you naming my son?
Me: I don't know.
Penny: Maybe you should ask your blog readers for ideas. They're creative folks.
Me: Indeed. That sounds like a good idea.
I'm fresh out of spark for names right now. Would anyone care to suggest a name Penny's son?
Here's a little bit about him: He was born in the mid-1990s, love skateboarding, plays bass guitar and loves heavy metal music.
I'd love your input.