Just an update, I’m now about 2450 words into the draft of my story. I wrote more than that, but went back and managed to trim almost 200 words from the first few pages.
Now the story has to change gears to mostly physical action scenes. The pot is up to boil and the first big bubble has just popped in the protagonist’s face.
It’s paced kind of like a detective story (at least, that is the plan – I’ve never written one before) in which there is a lot of information-gathering and setting-building in the early going, before the physical confrontation erupts.
Just hope the early part is interesting enough to hook the reader until they get to the physical excitement.