Reaction is up, and has been nickel-and-dimed quite a bit more than either of the previous scenes in terms of cleanup. Like the chapter to date, this scene has also been retroscripted – a bit of a tradeoff, really – ejecting one exposition-and-drugs structure for another.
While the original text revealed more about the immediate story, the rewrite gives a broader idea of the whole story, hinting at various events that have happened over the past forty years of the ATC timeline.
The remainder of the chapter should survive intact, at least story-wise. There’s still plenty of cleanup and tweaking to be done before I can stick a fork in Signal, hopefully for good.