Remember all those old chapters before Despair and Delirium? Chapters that didn't introduce the Word they were named after until well into the second half of the chapter?
Well, if you haven't noticed yet, we're doing that little dance again. Sloth IV still does not have one reference to anything called Sloth in it.
One of these days I should let the other shoe drop and write a chapter where the content and the title just outright have nothing to do with each other. Really confuse the shit out of all of you.
God, I am such a poop-kazoo.
Every now and then, I put a little substance into AKOD. Something to try and help round out it's unusual plot. Put a little cake under the frosting, so to speak.
Today is one of those days.
Hopefully, you'll read Sloth III (which is essentially just one, long conversation) and see Words in a slightly different light. Hopefully, it'll put some new thoughts into your head as to where this whole epic is going. Hopefully, it'll make you think a little more is going on in the story other than random rape and death.
But don't worry. Rape and death will be back in Sloth V.
As you'll all soon discover, the next few chapters of AKOD are going to be a road trip of sorts. It's the slow, happy journey our narrator makes with his companions as he moves from upstate New York all the way down to central Florida.
On the way, they meet and befriend a family of magical bunnies. And It's those bunnies that point our heroes the way of the gumdrop forest.
Nah, don't worry. There's still just lots of rape and death. Huzzah!
Back-Words. Get it? Like backwards? But saying that Words are back?
No? Not funny?
Well isn't that the honest to god truth.
Anyway, A Kind of Drug makes it's triumphant return today. Chapter 7 (Sloth) begins with our characters beginning to explore a new, ruined world. As like everything else I've ever written in my life, it's real fuck happy. Though it does setup the new story arc that will provide the moving engine for the next 3 chapters.
That's it for now, kids. See you all next week.