Doug leans back in his Lazyboy and stretches his arms over his head with laced fingers. Gracie seizes the opportunity and slinks on to his lap, circles twice (counter-clockwise) before curing up in a ball with a satisfied sigh.

The story isn’t finished yet. It probably won’t be. Damnable November.

“Screw this. No tale is gonna beat me,” he mutters to no one in particular.

He makes a loud random noise, shakes his jowls and sits forward with a plop. The dog looks up momentarily. He drags over the TV table with the laptop, picks up his coffee mug and drains it. The java is cold and thick.

With a hunched posture, Doug plucks away at the keyboard in his signature three-fingered Muppet-fashion.

Chapter Thirty-Seven.

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