Hey, milestone reached, it’s the first late page of 2017. (I was working on it when my art program crashed, I kid you not, 20 minutes before midnight.)

Walker: Interesting theory. Refresh my memory — was that part of the beliefs of the cult around the Cat?

Camellia: Not quite. They thought Beings were related to fallen angels. But the doomsday part is similar.

There have always been people who take paradoxical comfort in being sure the end is nigh.

If the world isn’t going to be here much longer, you don’t have to worry about saving money anymore. You don’t have to think too hard about who you want to spend your life with. It frees you from the hassle of long-term planning . . . and from the stress of having to care about what people think of you.

Walker: So . . . it’s an attractive belief system for idiots and cowards, is what you’re saying.

Camellia: Ah — no! Would I say that about my dead brother?!

Walker: Possibly. Was he an idiot or a coward?