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Journey to the City of Endless Night: The Monthly Edition. Chapter Eighty Seven: Rin
Sess and Rin Hug


It's been another month, and now the next Journey chapter is ready to go live.

In reality, however, it's been another year. Almost a year ago now (give or take ten days), I received a wonderful review from doggieearlover. This review inspired me to pick this story back up and fall in love with it all over again. In the last year, I've done just that and found solace in writing it once more. It's been a journey (pun intended) to get a chapter written for each month of this year and now into next year (we're not there yet on 2017, but we're working on it). I had gotten some sporadic reviews here and there through the years of dormancy, but this one really struck a cord and prodded me to re-read the story. In some ways, it felt foreign as if someone else had written it. I found myself forgetting little details and eager to see where things went. By the end, I had to keep writing because no one else was going to tell this story. And I decided that would be a true shame.

So here's her review from one year go:

I came back and reread this entire fic from the very beginning. Even though I'm no longer writing myself, I have hopes that one day you'll come back and finish this outstanding piece. I still think it's one of the very best, most original and well written pieces of fanfiction I've ever read. The characters are so real and it's near impossible to not get involved in this story. I know how hard it is to come back as I made myself finish my one last unfinished piece. I keep hoping that you will come back and finish this and let us know what happened to everyone, how Rin saves Sesshoumaru and how they defeat Naruku and get back home. I know you had a lot left to write, but am ever hopeful that you will one day complete this story. Otherwise I hope everything is going well in your real life.

I don't know if this story fits all of these high praises. I don't know if it's the best or most original or one of the most well written, even. I don't know if the characters feel that real to anyone else besides me or doggieearlover, but they are still very old friends and getting to know them again is worth it. I love that she wants to see things like Rin saving Sesshomaru. I love that the question of the Inu Gang ever going home remains tantalizing. (Hint, I've known the answer since I started and I'm not telling.) As for completing this story? Well, nothing really ever truly ends, does it? Really, the fact that any single person felt that strongly to reach out after so long---I had to answer. The only way to answer a review like this was to truly sit back down and write more on it.

And so here we are. This month, we're returning to see what is happening with Rin. I'm really proud of this chapter and what it sets up for Rin's future and character in so many ways. This is the chapter that she truly starts to take some real control and shows us her real strength. It was a pleasure to write this one and set her story in full motion for what will happen as we progress further into the world of Eddings and that pesky Journey to the City of Endless Night.

We also get some more insight in on some of our Eddings cast---at least I hope the reader will. It took some memory jogging, but I establish something in this chapter about Belgarath, the unquestioned leader of our band of adventurers. When you get to be 7,000 years old and have put out as many world crises as he has, you get to be defacto in charge rather you want to or not---and believe me, he probably doesn't as he's prone to be a bit lazy (ask his brother, Beldin. Ask Belgarath himself. Laziness is his default, really.) He's a complex fellow with a lot of history and it is really entangled with the foe of this chapter. He's been the extremely powerful sorcerer, the irritated old man, the unquestioned leader, and more. Belgarath has so many hats and he carries them all so well. I feel I captured a few of those roles and some in this one, too. So much of this story focuses on the Inuyasha side, and I like that we see a bit more into the Eddings gang.

That being said, I feel this chapter really gives us some meat and a real growth for Rin that I hope the reader will enjoy as much as I did.

You can find it at AFF.org MM.org and AO3.

Until next month,

Far Away Eyes

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How lovely to hear from DEL again! I was sorry that she just sorta faded away from fandom (or at least, that was my view of it from my own burned-out hole), so nice to know things are okay with her. I'm not surprised that her review sparked your creative muse again - sometimes that's all it takes, knowing that one other person wants to know what happens. The trick is in keeping the flow going once its started again.

Yes. It was really a treat to see her review last June and be able to reconnect with her. It's a shame that the fandom seemed to fracture the way it did. I think all fandoms have that happen at some stage, but I just hope that she'll stick around and noodle some more in it at times. And yes, the battle to keep the story going is one that never seems to end. I find it a relaxing escape from a lot of things, so hopefully that'll continue. It's been exciting to see what happens next here and there as I go along.

I for one was glad to see it when you said you'd be posting again. I had no clue about the crossover side of it, but I was enjoying it none the less. I myself took a long break and only came back a couple of months before you, finished one WIP, have added over 20 chapters to another and started a new one. I have however not kept to monthly updates as I hoped since we bought a house and then had to move and that is very time consuming and tiring.

Anyway, I look forward to next months update!

I'm glad you enjoyed it so much to come back to it, too. It's been a wild ride and I like the pace I'm working at right now. I can do other things and still know I have a chapter ready to go while working on one off and on that won't post for another few months. That's taken a lot of pressure off and allowed the story to kinda bloom again. And I can't wait to post next month's, either. I really enjoyed writing that one all the way back in November/Early December, so yay!

Happy birthday! And I'm so happy that my review prompted you to come back to this piece. I still enjoy it and love continuing to learn more about the characters from the Eddings series as well as how you portray our favorites from InuYasha. I look forward to each new chapter and usually read it at least twice to make sure I didn't miss anything. Hope everything is going well for you in real life and still thrilled you found time to work on this again. Hope you have a great birthday and enjoy your holiday weekend.

Thanks so much. I'm having so much fun playing with these characters and I'm glad you read it through so many times. It's been a blast coming back to this story. Thanks again.

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