Readers often send me comments about a book I have written. Chief among those comments are wishes (okay ... complaints) that the ending was rushed, or that I could have gone much farther with the story. People want to know what happened to this or that character after the book ended. Normally I respond by saying that I leave that sort of thing up to the imagination of the reader. Each reader can move the story forward in his or her own way.
But I get a lot of those comments. So, I decided to try writing one that goes much farther than those I've written in the past. And I did. But I'll be honest. I thought the last few chapters of this draft manuscript were boring. It was just fluff that required hours and hours to ensure that all the details were there and the timeline was correct. It wasn't any fun to write anymore.
So I condensed two chapters into an epilogue. It tells what happened, but without the hundreds of lines of tedious dialogue and explanation and minutiae.
I tried. I really did. But it just didn't work.
I think it's best if I trust your imagination. I hope you trust it too.