As you probably know, I have been putting the finishing touches to the final chapters of Desperate Measures (Volume III of A Fair Prospect). Having finally let go of Mr Darcy (see my post of 24th April!), I turned my attention this weekend to the Epilogue which, as you might expect, briefly sums up what happens in the future to the main characters of the story.
I wrote the Epilogue some time ago, so I sat down to read it through to see if I was still happy with it, and I soon came to a shocking realisation: I had failed to mention the fate of Colonel Fitzwilliam!
I do feel particularly attached to the Colonel. Throughout the long years of writing this story, he never failed to deliver what I wanted from him. He didn’t lead me off along unanticipated pathways like Lizzy occasionally did, or refuse to play ball in a particular scene – not that I’m mentioning any names (cough*Darcy*cough). He was the character I found easiest to write; scenes with him just simply flowed out of my head onto the page and often remained in their original form right through and beyond the final edit.
So how could I have overlooked him? That’s not a rhetorical question. Seriously – how could I have overlooked him? I really don’t have an answer…
This does, however, lead me into the purpose of today’s post and another (equally non-rhetorical) question: what should his fate be?
I am passing this over to you, the lovely people who have so far been reading A Fair Prospect and commenting here on my website, on Facebook, Twitter or my Amazon Author Page (where any posts I do here automatically link or appear). I realise that, without having read the final book, you only have two-thirds of this particular story but, as the Colonel is not the leading male, I believe I am not revealing any spoilers by saying he is, at the end of the tale, sound of heart and head. In other words, he could have absolutely any fate you or I decide.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what you think a fitting future would be for the dear lovely man who, whilst he isn’t Mr Darcy, has definitely earned a firm place in a corner of my heart.
Do please share your suggestions here, or wherever you follow these posts! If there are enough of them, I will do a poll so we can vote on our favourite future for the Colonel, and I will happily send a free copy of Volume III on its release to whoever makes the winning suggestion!
Happy Sunday, everyone!