I added a character whom I hoped would bring out some aspects of the main character that otherwise might not be so clear. I also reached deeper into each of the characters, fleshing out backstories at which that the first draft had only hinted. And, for my own amusement, I paid especial attention to the character of Anssi.
Anssi is a matzpun. Once considered extinct in Trey's world, these creatures are part cat, part lemur, and part mischief, and were, at one time, the devoted companions of humans. Trey, much to his surprise, comes into ownership of just such a creature, whom he names Anssi.
Anssi has a secret ability that turns Trey's predictable world upside-down and causes him to question many things that he once thought true. Is Anssi a cute pet--or something far more dangerous?
For your enjoyment, here's a sneak peek of Anssi in action:
From Chapter 5 of The Memory
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