Last chapter ran as long as I hoped and I'm satisfied that I haven't shorted the story. And the ending fits the first epigraph I've chosen:
"Only the dead have seen the end of war."
--George Santayana, "Tipperary," Soliloquies in England
Once I knock out the last pages today, I'm going to set it aside for day or two. Got a rejection for "Romeo, Unbound" from Analog yesterday while I was home sick and I reworked the beginning. Reads a little crisper, and I believe it hooks better. Timing lets me send it off to the Hubbard contest, which deadlines at month's end.
I'm going to try the same things with "Sacrifices" so I can finish that and send it out into submission land. I'm really hopeful for this one. The bounce I received for "Tigerfly" from Black Static a few weeks pointed out some things I was doing that trace back to an unconscious need to write consolatory fiction. So, I believe I'm going to see better results with beginnings and endings in the next few pieces.