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Reverb: Epilogue
Reverb is finished. 

I completed and posted the Epilogue last week; I also did a very minor revision to the end of what used to be Chapter 15, the last chapter.  Chapter 15 is now chapters 15 and 16, because the friggin' thing really was waay too long to be a single chapter.

For those who dislike WIPs and are eyeing me askance, muttering 'you said it was finished last time!!':  nothing significant happened in the Epilogue; the plot really did wind up in the final chapter.  The epilogue is, in fact, entirely gratuitous. But epilogues are fun, and there's nothing really wrong with 'gratuitous', is there?

Epilogue teaser:

Reverb
Future Imperfect

~ a gratuitous epilogue ~


One of these days, AnnaRose was going to hit another growth spurt, and get too big to ride on MacGyver’s shoulders. Till then, he was going to make the most of every opportunity, even though it was awkward going under the trees up to the helicopter landing field near the cabin. She was good at ducking, but it often meant her grip slipped from his forehead. It had quickly turned into a game: when she grabbed his ears, he’d start singing off-key, and when her hands covered his eyes, he’d exclaim “Wow! When did it get so dark?” and start to wander off the path.

The epilogue (appearing as chapter 17) is posted here, and the story actually starts here.

'Beth
October 2010

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magnavox_23 From: magnavox_23 Date: 2nd October 2010 21:06 (UTC) (Link)
I noticed the 'complete' next to Reverb when I went to go read more of Phoenix Rising the other day, so I re-read the ending and epilogue.

I like how your focus kinda shifts to Nikki there and the ending is very cute.
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 2nd October 2010 21:20 (UTC) (Link)
:D Thank you!

When I found myself writing Nikki, I had to come to terms with why she'd been such a pain at the beginning -- other than the fact that she was written that way, whcih isn't an acceptable answer. So I spent some time pondering her backstory. From that, I could let her move on, which meant that, twenty years later, she can be less touchy and more secure, and also be strong and feisty and competent and all that.

Also -- have you ever heard of the Bechdel Test? It's really used for movies, not novels, but I had it in mind when I was working on the epilogue.
magnavox_23 From: magnavox_23 Date: 2nd October 2010 21:59 (UTC) (Link)
LOL, yes! And I was thinking just that as I was reading Nikki and Lisa's exchange.

I adore how you've completed Nikki - there really is no other word for it.

And hey, you fulfilled that old Russian psychic guy's premonition. :P
dieastra From: dieastra Date: 2nd October 2010 21:08 (UTC) (Link)
Hi from a long lost reader!
I must shamefully admit that I haven't read this story for quite a while, the chapters are still sitting in my inbox. I just was wondering how we came from Mac living in the woods with grey hair, a limp and granddaughters (and Murdoc on the way) to Mac in full action in South America. As always politically and geographically well researched, it just wasn't what had I expected after the first chapter.

I could ask you now whether or not Murdoc will make an appearance in further chapters, but I guess your answer would be: You have to read it to find out. So, I will one day, I just wanted to explain why there hasn't been any feedback from me in a while.

So, will Murdoc play a part in this story? *sheepish look*
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 2nd October 2010 21:15 (UTC) (Link)
Murdoc plays a very important role in the story.

The section that occurs in Peru is an extended flashback: part of the story is set in 2009, part is set in 1996.

You'll probably want to re-read the whole thing in sequence, which will make more sense, especially when the story jumps in and out of flashback. One hint: in chapter 1, Mac is in a cabin in the woods, Sam and Lisa are divorced, and there are grandkids. When chapter 3 opens, Mac is in LA, Sam has just graduated from college, and he and Lisa aren't even married yet. So you know you've gone back in time.

You will have to read it to find out anything more. :P
dieastra From: dieastra Date: 2nd October 2010 21:32 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for pointing my nose to the obvious. I guess that is the problem with reading chapters weeks apart - I really hadn't noticed the flashback! And wasn't Pete dead already in the first chapter?
Yes, that makes much more sense now, I will start at the beginning and be more careful this time around.
Thanks again!
I'm really happy I'm not going completely nuts, at one time I thought maybe you are writing two different stories parallel (there are people who do this) and I just had mixed them up...
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 2nd October 2010 21:38 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, exactly: by 2009, Pete is dead, but only recently; and Mac is mourning. In 1996, Pete is still very much alive. Part of the difficulty for Mac, in remembering (in 2009) what happened in 1996, is that he misses Pete so much.
hermit From: hermit Date: 2nd October 2010 23:09 (UTC) (Link)
*SQUEEEEEEE!!*

More Reverb - Yesssss. You have no idea how happy you've made me. Euell Gibbons.... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This whole wrap-up was made of awesome. And I adore the explanation you've given for Nikki's behavior, all these years. Makes perfect sense.

Now I'm bummed because it really is over. :-(

You're already hard at work on the next one, RIGHT?
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 3rd October 2010 02:20 (UTC) (Link)

the next one

Erm, um. It's been six days since I finished Reverb -- the first time in a year and a half that I didn't have an active writing project in hand -- and I'm already twitchy . . .

Thank you, BTW, for not immediately assuming that I'll be so busy packing for the next two months that I'll want to not be writing, because it just doesn't work that way.
hermit From: hermit Date: 3rd October 2010 02:31 (UTC) (Link)

Re: the next one

Heh! Yeah, that whole moving across country thing? Just a speed bump. You'll totally have time (and energy!) for writing, of course.

*grins*
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 3rd October 2010 03:20 (UTC) (Link)

Re: the next one

LOL. The time for writing is always stolen from elsewhere, usually from sleeping or reading. What's most important is wanting to write.
hermit From: hermit Date: 3rd October 2010 15:31 (UTC) (Link)

Re: the next one

True, that. And thank God for US that you do (want and make time to write)!
rdamel From: rdamel Date: 4th October 2010 14:22 (UTC) (Link)
I had read the "extra sex scene" that you'd posted sometime, and enjoyed it, though Nikki wasn't a favorite character of mine (I didn't dislike her, either, though), just didn't care for the way she bahaved at times--you explain it very well in this story.)

I finally had time when I saw it was finished, to read it over the weekend, though I rarely read MacGyver (preferring to watch it), and it's a very good story. Very good explanation of the Murdoc inconsistencies, too! So thanks for writing and sharing this.

Melissa M.
rdamel From: rdamel Date: 4th October 2010 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
also, maybe put a link to that extra chapter, with this post?
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