Ok, now this has gotta be a first, at least for me.
The story 'On the Other Side' is not complete yet. So, all those who were mighty confused with the ending, you're not wrong. It most likely will be confusing. Reason? I missed posting at least 3 parts in between. This unfortunately happened because of duplicate word docs on which I was working. And inadvertently, once I posted the story, I deleted the 'working' version (yeah, I sometimes keep multiple documents in progress, weird), which actually contained the original story in full, not realizing that as I kept adding the parts to the final word doc, there was this really huge portion I forgot to add to the final version. I'm yet to figure out how I could miss that. It's crazy.
I don't normally delete working versions simply because sometimes I tend to think the original plot worked better and retain it, just in case I change my mind. But that's only till I post the complete story. Once posted, the one on the blog becomes the final version - and I delete all the working docs.
Big mistake this time.
I realized it only when I posted the story. And now I don't even have the working draft to simply copy-paste it onto the final one. Result? I have to write at least 2500-3000 words by memory. Don't know how soon I'll be able to do that. I'll have to go back to the portion where I think it fit (in the original version), and rethink from there.
Bottomline - A big apology to all those who were following the story, and also commented. I'll come back with this one soon (if not immediately, sometime in the future). Please hang in there.