I'm learning a lot in recent months about how to become a better writer. It's amazing how little I know. I have learned not to bother with anything that does not move the story forward. And, in doing so, today I had had to sacrifice a character. I am so sad. I really liked the little brother, but he did not move the story forward -- only thing about him even remotely relevant was he had a disease. I was using it show that there were lots of diseases in my world of the future. I'll have to do it another way. I will miss you little, Asher.