The following is a short text exchange between me and my authorial sounding board.
me: I’ve had a diabolical thought
friend: What is that?
me: [REDACTED] may have to die at the end.
do you disagree?
friend: Of course I disagree!
I don’t want him to die!
me: i know.
i don’t want him to die either. this is just one possible ending.
me: but the diabolical part of me is like “Ha! You readers thought he was safe because i pretended to kill him before, but now he’s actually dead. You oughta see your faces!”
“mwhaha. haha. ha.”
“awwww. Bye, [REDACTED].”
friend: You are so damn mean
me: I AM