Date: 26 Jul 2013 04:05 Title: A Den of Thieves
The interplay between Molly and McGregor is so very sweet here. They are practically and old married couple, just absent the wanton sex. (Alas, I could probably ship them. Then again, I could probably ship McGregor with almost anyone. Nor am I sure he would mind.) But I really do love that bit. You play it out well, teasing the reader along and giving them bits and pieces to enjoy without letting us see who is right and who is wrong.
T'Hos seems particularly sinister in that last bit, but perhaps a bit delusional, if he really thinks he can literally get McGregor to beg on bended knee. At least in any sincere way.
Date: 01 Jun 2013 16:17 Title: A Den of Thieves
Molly versus McGregor, the showdown, round … I’ve lost count. Something amiss between the two here, the Paul thing and trust issues still aplenty on both sides. Molly is taking McGregor to task for not trusting her with the grand scheme he has but she didn’t trust him with that information about Paul, immediately anyway, and she should remember that. In one of the rarest instances of the universe, I agree with McGregor here: he should be keeping this plan of his to himself. Not because it’s better that way (it may be, knowing how Molly despises some of his more outlandish plans) but because it’s better for her. I get the distinct sense that McGregor is trying to protect her from harm here, because his plan might be just that crazy. That and he’s teaching her a bit of a lesson, all things I can see.
Now, as to the details of the plan and Paul … I don’t know what McGregor is doing on that front. All I know is that he needs to take any information he gets from Paul and T’Hos with a big grain of salt.
Speaking of T’Hos, he’s trying to gather support for his personal vendetta against McGregor and, very much like McGregor, has his own master plan that McGregor is apparently falling right into. Who’s the mole? What’s the play? And is McGregor really falling into a trap or is McGregor setting his own trap? A deadly game of chess (or checkers, which seems more McGregor’s game) at play here.
Date: 21 Sep 2010 04:41 Title: A Den of Thieves
You're on a roll, MF!
Loved this chapter for the frank conversation between McGregor and his XO. All of it was good, but the part where it came down to her ex-husband was really well done. Also, when you first mentioned tantric stuff I was all "Oh no he didn't," but then you brought it back in for that barb from Molly -- HA! Well played.
As for T'Hos ... well, we'll see what happens there, won't we? I have a bad feeling about all of this and I think things are about to blow up big time. Kind of on the edge of my seat here ... don't leave me hanging!
Hee hee- McGregor usually does go there! Lots of interesting dynamics between McGregor and Molly. I like exploring them - they put up with each other and have some sort of need for the other too. With that, they do tend to get quite frank with one another on occasion, however, with McGregor you sometimes have to be frank in order for him to hear you.
Date: 19 Aug 2010 19:43 Title: A Den of Thieves
Ah crap, I forgot he had a man on the inside. Good to get a glimpse into what makes T'Hos run and just why he's going hell for leather for McGregor.
His 'allies' could have a great say in things given they sound as likely to hinder than help if it serves them.
Yeah T'Hos' allies are hardly made of stern stuff - I doubt they would earn a loyalty badge. That said, they might see benefit in eliminating as dogged a captain as McGregor and the Kestrel. It might make for an easier pirating life with him out of the picture. And yes, McGregor does have the inside 'man' to worry about. Hmmm ... any bets who? ;)
Thanks for taking the time to read Starfire. As always, much appreciated and welcomed.