@cbishop The schumaltzy Xmas ending. It was like a great gymnastic routine and the final flip you kinda stacked it.
Well, honestly, the Christmas ending was because it tis the season, and I was going for a Christmas ghost story - I was going for shmaltzy. :P
The problem was I ran out of time, and couldn't get the whole story in that I wanted. I had to seriously truncate everything after Maria's murder, to get the entry in on time. I want to write the whole story and post it later, and in that version, the "Merry Christmas" ending will make a little more sense, and play out much differently. ;)