You see, this is why I think the whole "Kill Your Darlings" advice is utterly and totally wrong.
It happens every time. You have some favorite little bit that you think you have to cut because it throws off the story. There may be some real logistical problems in making it work. However.... If you love it, it probably reflects something that the story is really about.
Which means if you put it back in and give it free rein and commit to making it work - maybe even making it the focus of the scene or chapter or section or book - you will probably end up with something a whole lot more interesting than you would have if you'd cut it.
In this case, I just discovered a goldmine in what I thought was the little post-climax "Murder She Wrote" style capper scene. It's going to take longer to write, but I think it will be worth it.
NURTURE your darlings! Go after them! Dig deep into them! To paraphrase Seth Godin: let them be remarkable.
I suppose I should officially extend my book finish date to October 20 (the first anniversary of this blog).
(And I was just reminded that I wrote earlier on this subject. You might want to check out these posts: Nurture Your Darlings and The Dancing Bear Liberation Front. )