I sent myself this somewhat cryptic email after I received a bit of inspiration on how to make Doleful Creatures a better novel:
Both j and a lose spouses in first beaver death. Rest of story shows how j and a work thru guilt and mutual animosity over deaths. A goes to the lady to try to free his beloved, go far himself there instead. Jarrod flies higher and higher to find her, to say himself there.
Thru man in rock and cave somehow they are,able to communicate 26th lived one's at end.
I'm thinking this about it now:
If only I could figure out what I meant by the 26th. . .