Ah, that part of the writing process where I look at the half dozen or so denoument-y scenes at the end of the draft and try to figure out how to compress them into a single winding down of action.
Complicated by the fact that this book actually does want a bit of “action after the action.” (ponder ponder ponder) (restructure restructure restructure) (cut cut cut)
Dear Secondary Character Who Has Changed Everything But Her Name and Attitude Since the First Draft,
To the very end, you refuse to be entirely kind or likable.
And in so doing, you make us like you.
Well played. Well played.