This is a mean, mean cliffhanger.  I don’t know that it’s fair to end this chapte like this, but it really couldn’t end any other way.  Thematically, the next chapter has to begin a few seconds after Dr. Rockets declaration of good news and bad news.  I’m hoping it’ll make sense why I did it this way when it’s all read together.
Personally though, I kind of like cliffhangers.
It was just before the end of this chapter that people started to catch on to the stuttering.  Dr. Rocket has actually been doing it for a while now, but I’ve increased it so incrementally that most people didn’t notice.  The first stutter?  Way back in Chapter 2, actually.
Some theories exist as to why he’s stuttering, but I’ll leave that for another commentary.