OK, I started the novel over. It's now at 1320 words. This, however is not a setback. A section that was half a page I've expanded to six pages (and counting!) This is not fluff, however. It's like I'm starting to get it. I'm taking the time to develop these characters and let them take over! It's much better for it!
Anyway, that's all I've got for the day, take care!