Sorry, it's me. Let's jump to the problem I am having with a current scene: I have three people sitting at a table and a non-human Cien (known for their good noses) is serving them a meal at an inn. (This is a really simplified description - so don't nitpick on this please.) Two of the three persons are traveling together, in this case it is a human girl bound to her master (a Tein) who has begrudgingly taken her on a peacekeeping journey. The two are recounting part of the story over a hot meal (to the third person - a human male). The master provides much of the dialogue and direction, but things turn when the girl starts tapping out the hypnotic drum beats from the drunken revelry from their last stop. This provokes the innkeeper to come over and utter a single line which silences both of them, "A bloodmoon beat? Stop. Or I'll wring the life out of your master." My intention is for a reader to assemble a detailed view of the characters through reading into the subtext which exists alongside the dialogue. I am a bit embarrassed to put such a line up, but I tried to key information in this way to allow meanings to be searched for. This is why I do not reveal that the innkeeper was in the war until later on. Not sure if that is 'bad writing', but I wonder if the readers can assemble the pieces... but I prefer that character development occur in ways like this. Sorry, for the disgusting subject matter... for those who know.