I posted the second half of chapter 2 for The Scions yesterday, which gives the basic setup for the rest of the story.
Yes, Hartmann is crazy.
And, driven by a mixture of resentment, jealousy, and competition, he decides to pursue Carol for a possessive relationship.
For those who are unfamiliar with The Scion Suit world, Carol’s responses are probably going to be uncomfortable to read. There is a reason behind them, as there is a reason for Hartmann’s craziness. Also, since I’ve chosen to place the camera (so to speak) behind Hartmann’s shoulder, we’re seeing Carol through his interpretation.
I’m not a cookie-cutter genre writer, and I don’t color in the lines. I write to express the human condition, and not everyone lives a sheltered and privileged life. Not everything is pretty.
Anyway, I guess I just want to give the proper context for this story. The hard part about throwing it out there is knowing that many people aren’t going to understand it. Consequently, I feel protective of both Hartmann and Carol — I’m not out to vilify or condemn anyone.
I don’t usually get so emotionally attached, but this story is special.