@lily-garden No worries! I love being able to share it too, especially since it may not be published.
Anyway, on my nth read of this I just realized that the timeline between Paul pov and Simeon pov are a bit wonky. After the city chase, it's 2 days until Paul meet Marielle again, then after that Paul went to get Milene's approval to publish, and do a whole lot of things until the book is ready to sell. It probably would take weeks. I don't believe it took that long for Poisson to meet Simeon again and laugh at him about the "mission", lol.
Love what a good kid Marielle is. This prequel is reinforcing that her self-deprecation isn't how people would see her objectively though. From the pov of a commoner, she still counts as rich and privileged. And her grandfather being the chancellor in a university where Simeon's father probably works at means her social connection to the Flauberts is not as distant as she thought.