So my mission, when it comes to this grouping of 75,000 words, is now clear. I need to break hearts. My first inclination was to have everyone end up happy. But it was too easy for them. And so now I’ve got to make them suffer, and to therefore try to make anyone who reads it suffer, too. And it’s a funny thing. As the writer, you know that’s the right thing to to do. As the human, you still want these characters (who I created, after all) to get hugs and to be told it’ll be all right.