Current count -- 10,768
But I am going to slow down again here. Not for long because there isn't long left in the story. Less even than I had planned. As I draw closer, I can see the climatic scene. The piece that I was going to add afterwards -- of someone unwanted catching up with them before they've gone far on the trail -- is not part of this story. There is no need to rush him into their company. Give them a few days (off screen, so to speak) on the trail before the other one catches up with them. And it will be a good start to the next story, with the antagonism right from the start.
So, final scene at the cemetary, last look back at the city.
I'm almost done with this one!