Craig's been hit even harder. He got home 5 minutes after his second call to me yesterday and promptly started sobbing on my shoulder. I've never seen him cry like that before. When we were talking later, he told me that Mark was the biggest reason (outside of me) that he was willing to relocate to California. We don't know when the services are going to be, but we spoke to his dad last night and they're planning on a get-together to celebrate Mark's life at some point in the very near future. He did so much---he started out as a cop, and still worked part-time on the weekends as one; he worked for Craig's company as one of their best project managers; he was an ordained minister, and had officiated at his sister's wedding; he was finishing up his MBA; and one of the kindest, nicest, most real people I've ever met in my life.
So, last night I did everything I could to keep myself from thinking about and crying more. I buried myself in writing, but I'm not 100% certain that it was successful. However, the new chapter of Legions is now up anyway. By all rights, it should've been split into 2, but since I promised people the story would only be 2 more chapters and not 3, I've just left it for now. I hope it makes sense to you; there's a lot going on in it. I'm still planning on getting the last chapter out this weekend, too. Writing is soothing for me.
I owe people comments, but I'm afraid I'm not very communicative right now. I'll try and get to those as soon as I can.