I know where it’s going to end up; but I think that 8K words is barely enough time to deal with the monster in front of our hero — what’s that? Yes. Of course there’s a monster. Obviously. I’m not calling it ETERNAL NIGHT OF THE MOON-BEASTS because it’s a [cowboy]-[nurse] romance story*.
Anyway, spent time thinking about how to make this scene a real short story instead of, well, just a scene.
*Do those exist? …Well, they probably do now. You’re welcome?