I'm down to just over 6000 words now. Last night I spent about an hour working on the setting, and somehow it still got shorter.
In other news, apparently I have no physical limitations. All of my limitations are mental. Though I may be taking this comment out of context. Okay, I am. Did I ever mention that my superhero name is Miss Interpretation?
Also, EG TourGuide, you will be amused to know that while I was doing research (I wanted the proper name of whatever is killing the red pines in York Regional Forest), your blog was the #2 hit! Well done.