Yes, I know, that last scene ended abruptly. Here’s the next part.
Remember back in Part One of this truck draft when we did parallel scenes with Nita and Nick to establish them as the main characters and set up their meet in the next scene sequence? This part is parallel scenes again, but this time it’s setting up a subplot doppelganger protagonist and antagonist, Nick and Max.
Nick is a conman who became the Devil’s fixer; Max is con-demon who became Mammon’s fixer; since Mammon is one of the leaders of Nick’s opposition in Hell, that makes Max one of Nick’s antagonists. As just another minion, Max wouldn’t be much fun. But Max has a lot in common with Nick–he’s completely loyal to his boss, he likes his job, and he’s good at it– and he really admires the skill and ruthlessness with which Nick conducts himself, both when he was alive and in the five hundred earth years he’s been dead.
Max likes a worth adversary, but he knows Nick is more than worthy because he has an advantage: Max has emotions that can trip him up, Nick doesn’t. So these next two scenes are parallel–two fixers really annoyed with their bosses because they’ve just discovered huge boss-created messed they’re going to have to clean up–but they also set up the Nick/Max conflict/relationship to come.
I’m still not sure it’s a great idea to introduce Max’s PoV this late, but he doesn’t fit anywhere else, and he’s so much fun to write that I’m not giving him up. Wait’ll we get to the scene where he tells Button she looks like a dandelion.