Trala runs screaming through the paper-lined paths. "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"
"What the heck are you talking about?" Delilah asks, peering upward. "Holy crap. She's right. Run!"
Nekar stands his ground beside Ms. Wildstar. They both watch as a wad of cloth plummets to the floor. Nekar gives it a minute to settle before examining it closer.
"Why the mass of terrycloth?" asks Blue.
Ms. Wildstar shakes her head. "It's a towel."
Nekar extracts a crumbled post-it note from within the wad and straightens it. "She Who Taps the Keys has officially thrown in the the towel on Camp NaNo."
Delilah creeps out from the paper wads. "She finished?"
Blue holds up his translator. "Perhaps you should get one of these." He sighs. "It's a phrase meaning-"
"What's on the post-it note?" asks Ms. Wildstar.
A steady whump, whump, whump sounds overhead.
Trala takes another hysterical lap. "The sky! It's falling!"
Blue snakes out a tentacle and trips her. He whistles to himself as he backs away.
"Is she submitting again?"
"Five stories at once. Hence the juggling. If you hear any hint of swearing. Do run. Worse than the sky, balls will fall on your head."
Ms. Wildstar nods. "That explains the editing snow of random words that fell thickly over the weekend."
Nekar reaches over to pluck a shred of paper from her hair. "Hey, you got a nod on you."
"Oh god, get it off!" She shudders. "They were everywhere! I thought I'd burned them all."
"We should make sure there aren't any more laying around. The damn things breed like dust bunnies." Nekar leads Ms. Wildstar into the pathways.