It seems like Chapter 9 will be taking a lot longer than I thought. The fan in my Laptop stopped working so I had to take it someplace to get it fixed. But luckily, I was sensible enough to have the story backed up on a flash drive. So I'll be working off of random computers for a while, making it take a bit longer before I can post that next chapter.
Again, I sincerely apologize for the delay.