True rewrite tales

“Azure” which really needs a rename. I love the story but it’s way long, which kills the tension and is generally bad news. So.

V1: 8500 words
V2, edited for length: 8900 words (that’s not a joke)
V3, immediate edit following crit yesterday: 8350
V4, yesterday: 7400

There’s at least another 500-700 words coming out of this thing.