Whenever a card refers to the "next"/"first"/etc. of something, it refers to that even occurring, not the object of that event. For example, gives the piece of ice in the next encounter +2 strength; it doesn't give the next piece of ice +2 strength for the rest of the run.
what about a solitary chum over a twins. If I have two chum in hand, does the third encounter have 8 str or 6?
https://twitter.com/RukasuFox/status/562044021548122112">February 2, 2015</a>