I have this portion of the story pretty well outlined out but there are some subtleties that are giving me pause. This is the last chapter from Jael's POV, unless I split up the homecoming final chapter. So, on the one hand, I have to move the plot forward but on the other, this is my last chance to show the reader the inside of Jael's head. This has been her journey as much as it as been Jacob's.
Jacob's journey has been from boyhood to manhood. Jael's has been from Angel to human. She has been changed just as much as Jacob has been and like Jacob some of the changes have been good and positive. Some of the changes have been painful. And if you consider her relationship with Jacob, it's both at once, as love can often be.
I want to let Jael reflect on all the things she'd been through, physically but mostly emotionally. But I DON'T want to have page after page of emotional navel-gazing. Some of her thoughts I'm going to give to her as she climbs the Endless Stair up the mountain to the peak. That gives her some motion, some activity so it's not all sitting and thinking.
Hmm. This may be a puzzle to solve on the next draft. Tonight I think I'll just try to get all those thoughts out on 'paper' and complete the whole chapter in one go. I should be able to. At this rate, I'll be done by this weekend...and ready to start the 'spelling and grammar' draft. Lots of reading out loud. I've been informed that when I begin reading aloud, I'm required to use funny voices. Works for me. :)