I had a thought recently. It might be amusing to revisit Dirisha and Geneva in later years, and deal with their son, when he goes to help his father with the appearance of some old/new enemies. Said father, of course, being the character Sleel, who knows that his old friends have a child -- only he doesn't know that he's the kid's father ...
How could this be? Well, I set up a bedroom sequence with Dirisha, Geneva, and Sleel at the end of The Albino Knife, and unbeknownst to Sleel, the women, thinking even then that they might someday want a child together, decided they could do a lot worse than Sleel as a donor, so they saved some of his sperm against the day they might want to use it. Stuck it into a freezer and went on about their business.
Sleel recalls his part of this carnal event fondly in Black Steel, but doesn't know about the sequel.
A few years after that, Dirisha and Geneva decided it was time to have a baby, and they flipped a coin to see who would carry the child, whose name will be "Gerard." (For those of you with gaps in your memories, "Gerard Repe" was the pseudonym Sleel used to write bestselling-novels before he became a Matador.)
A short scene:
Kee Wu opened the door and got a better look at the young man standing there.
"Fem Wu," he said. "I'm Gerard Zuri-Echt." He smiled.
She stared. "Jesu damn," she finally managed, her voice full of wonder.
From behind her, Sleel said, "What? Who is it babe?"
Wu smiled at the young man. She knew the names, of course. Knew who his mothers were. But she couldn't look at him and not know who his father was.
She laughed. "Come say hello, Sleel. Your old friends Dirisha and Geneva have sent you a surprise ..."
Be a kind of nasty trick to play on Sleel, but smoothing that out will be part of the fun. Don't even have a working title yet, but I'm going to noodle around with the notion some and see if anything else comes of it ...