Crimson Courtesies, Velvet Lies
Word Count: 22768
I have only 10 pages of the original handwritten manuscript left to go.
Which makes the story about 25 000 words, not 35 000. Still a little long for your average short-story market, I fear, but much shorter than I thought. Part of that is because I discovered that I had put quite a bit of redundant information in the sections I had decided to rearrange, which, come to think of it, was why I decided to rearrange things — so that the clues would build into each other and we wouldn't keep jumping about rehashing stuff we had already gone over in order to be able to make connections that weren't adjacent in time. The rest of it is the difference between word count vs page count on text that is mostly description vs text that is mostly dialog.