The title is misleading, but I like that. It made the ending more real, the same way that experiencing the death of a loved one would truly feel... hopeful at first, and then shattered by the loathesome, anticipated truth.
You wrote the process well, Alastair... and it definitely had a profound impact on me. This is something I wish I could learn to write.
Excellent work... and good to see you in Sanctuary.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley