I was rather surprised the way Jael and Balt's 'should we or shouldn't we' conversation went. Things heated up fairly quickly and rather explicitly (though not nearly to romance-novel levels). The chapter ended sort of ambigiously as well, leaving even me to wonder if Jael and Balt got a little busy on the side. Weird feeling, like my characters shut the door on me.
In the end, in fact in couple chapters, Balt will be leaving and Jacob will be forced to face one of his biggest trials. So in one sense Jael's relations with Balt can't be anything but a fling, but I found it interesting how tempted she was. There is a lonely core to her that I'm going to try to bring out and polish in subsequent drafts.
Still charging ahead with one week left to go. Will I make it? Will I get the first draft done by next Wednesday at midnight? I don't know, if I manage it, it'll be close, down to the wire. But if I keep having productive nights like last night, I might just make it.