It was depressing--but I kind of saw a victory in it.
Thanks! I was really hoping to grasp the amazing feeling of that end in my own words.
Thank you for all those kind words. Since you mentioned the last line, I'd like to say that it has a lot to do with "The Awakening," which I quoted at the bottom. It's based after a scene where the main character's friend starts feeling her shoulders, saying she's checking for "strong wings." Otherwise, she won't be able to, well, go against the grain like she's trying to. In the end, the main character ends up having wings that are strong enough, but...well, I don't want to spoil the end, if you haven't read it. ^-^
I meant the title to be sort of...blunt. But, in a kind of--I don't know how to describe it--bitter but hopeless way.