Getting the antagonist on screen always does a world of good. Why is it so hard?
287 / 400 words. 72% done!
Oh, look at that. That's so satisfying. This is why we deathmarch, this right here.
Of course it's a terrible draft full of bracket notes and sentences like, "He was as angry as [figure out a simile that doesn't suck later]." But sometimes that's how we deathmarch.
Now I'm going to work on inserting a transition into Ch. 10, and see if after climbing I can finish the scene that will make it a whole grown-up chapter, able to stand on its own.