Hey CeJay and Gibraltar,
Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you are enjoying the story and the characterization. The Hope/Fear thing came as sort of a lark. I wanted to do something different with the Calderans so I'm glad you're enjoying it CeJay. I'm glad you both are enjoying Norrbom thawing out a bit. I wanted to show that she and Redfeather are good friends and even though they might disagree from time to time the friendship endures.
Unfortunately I'm having some internet issues so I might not be able to post as regularly as I would like for the foreseeable future. I hope the problems will get resolved soon but I don't want to make any promises.