I ended my part of our story. When I said it took me 40 pages to get my story done, that was not entirely accurate. It’s 40 pages if I include my friend’s part, but I would say it’s roughly about 20+ pages for me, but currently, it’s 35 pages. I have to apologize to my friend; I thank her for bearing with me. I was overly detailed, and I had a lot of characters. Because I didn’t want to punish my friend with even a cliffhanger of my plot, I just decided to push through and pump out 4500 words tonight. I had been going over the plot in my head, and I had a way to end my part that I just loved, but in consideration for my friend, and the fact that it took her a while to read my last 10-page prose, I shortchanged myself. It was painful. I’d like to think of it in terms of film.
The Real Ending/Editor’s Cut/Totally-Should-Be-Released-on-DVD-but-Not-As-A-Deleted-Scene: The meanie pants antagonist is seen going to jail for his crimes. It’s revealed Aijo swapped out the real computer virus with evidence that would condemn the antagonist. Aijo and Asuka resume their friendship and partnership, and Asuka says she will introduce Aijo to her fiancé. Aijo reconciles with her estranged husband, Shiori, and decides she will take his surname. The two talk about buying a house and picking up where they left off five years ago.
And then, my friend and I pick up a new story arc!
Alternate Ending/Director’s Cut: Aijo falls from a building and is left hanging there. Unable to hold herself any longer, she lets go, wondering if Asuka will be able to live on without her for real this time. She closes her eyes thinking that God will not save her a second time.
Then my next post would have had the real ending at the beginning. I would have been fine with this.
The Ending I Settled For/Final Cut: Aijo opens her eyes again, believing herself to be dead. The image of her “dead” husband further confirms her suspicions, but she slowly begins to realize, that everything still feels like reality, and she’s not dead, neither is her husband. She’s pulled to safety, and after finding out that Shiori’s actually alive, Aijo sheds silent tears. No questions are asked, but Shiori does make a silent apology to his wife. There’s also more tears.
In the end, I settled for the very dramatic K-drama ending–like the scriptwriter I am. I’m sure if I read it again, I might cry some tears. Aijo seemed so distraught, and I just kind of left her crying.
So my next post will still have the real ending…maybe…depending on what my friend writes. Where I go from here is semi-contingent on her next thoughts. We need to get the ball rolling on our next story arc. Am I happy? Umm…no, not really. Mediocrely satisfied maybe, but I’m happy Aijo’s arc is over. I’m glad she’s reunited with her husband again. My writing had my edge all this time. My heart is still pounding, and I can only wonder what will happen next.
Anyone else have multiple endings stories, and pressed for time, you’re forced to pick just one?