Date: 21 Jul 2010 03:59 Title: VI. The past and future are conquered, reconciled.
I'm curious, what political and religious upheaval are you referring to--is it the one in the Pocket Books novels? (Though I doubt it since you don't have Bajor getting absorbed into the Federation and Kira is still referred to as a colonel.)
To see Kira finally get a moment of real peace is the most rewarding thing about the end of this story--peace with herself and her deities as well. :-)
I had thought about setting this section explicitly in the Relaunch universe, but decided against it in the end - the political and religious upheaval is just a vague reference to some unspecified crisis. Goodness knows Bajor seems to have more than enough crises to go around. ;)
I'm so glad that there's a sense of peace at the end of this story - I'm always concerned about losing momentum in something this long, and I'm relieved that the ending was satisfying.
I just wanted to say again how grateful I am for these reviews - thank you so much for taking the time to read through all of this, and for providing such interesting points of discussion. I really appreciate it! :)