Address to Readers
First and foremost, I'd like to once again thank all of the readers of Obsessed, Devoured, and Disturbed. Those of you who have stuck with me since the beginning, and those of you who tagged onto the story somewhere in the middle of the journey, I thank you for all of your support and feedback that you granted me throughout the birthing process of this project. This was my first "baby" and I was quite anxious to "release it into the wild" so to speak due to my own self-doubt and internal criticism that was admittedly doing me more harm than good. So I say with no conviction that it was all of you that kept me motivated. I truly finished this story for all of its fans and readers, so you can definitely thank yourselves for your loyalty to the written word, because in all honesty, if it weren't for your adoration of the story, it probably would have never gotten finished.
Quite a few of you have expressed a bit of confusion in regards to the conclusion of the story. It seems as if there was need for more clarity concerning Kagome's final decision. I purposely wrote the last portion of the story with a mood of ambiguity supported by elements of symbolism and vagueness with the intention to arouse more activity within the imagination of the reader. So, with that in mind, I decided to leave the finale slightly open-ended so that you as the readers could draw your own conclusions as to what Kagome decided, as well as to what will become of her and Koga. This was done for two reasons. One, it's just my own little perk that I like to flirt with in my writing. I'm not a fan of pragmatism or absolutes when it comes to dramatic storytelling. I instead prefer to allow the reader room to imagine and be creative by interpreting certain aspects of the story in their own way. After all, I believe the purpose of reading a story is to not only explore a new world, but to personally create said world and the characters within it, to an extent. I believe that the plot should be well developed and presented, however, issues such as a character's emotional battles and choices I think are small facets of a story that can be manipulated to allow the reader to formulate their own interpretation and opinion. In other words, character-driven stories such as this one leave much room for subjectivity, and that is precisely the case with the ending. I saw an opportunity for you as the reader to become more involved with the story upon its completion, and I took it. What can I say? I'm a sucker for eccentricity.
Now that the story is finished, I have been contemplating a sequel that would undoubtedly serve to answer many questions that may be brewing. Questions such as: Who did Kagome choose? What will Koga do now? How will Inuyasha handle her decision? For that matter, what is to become of Inuyasha and his feelings for both Kikyo and Kagome? Speaking of Kikyo, what will happen to her? Many questions were produced, and subsequently unanswered for various reasons. The core reason was explained above. However, another reason would be my pending idea to produce a sequel which would generally serve the purpose of tying up loose ends, as well as seeing where these characters essentially end up. Bear in mind that this is merely an idea. I haven't decided whether or not I would like to go through with it or not. Perhaps an epiphany of sorts is needed. Until then, it will remain as such; An idea hidden deep within the confines of my esoteric imagination. Thanks for reading, and I do hope that you will continue to stick around for my other, less tear-inducing story Battle of the Sexes: Anime Style. The insanity has yet to cease on that one! Re-launch should be anticipated Summer 2011. Get ready!
With a Writer's Adoration,
Back in the fold, and here to stay!