The first took books in the series all had cliffhangers of sorts, each one getting progressively bigger. I know I had to leave this one huge because the next book will be the last.
And I always knew the book would end this way. The epilogue was a sure thing, even though the rest of the story might have not been. I know people were looking forward to seeing Bear and Otter as parents, and I wanted to let everyone know I hadn't forgotten about that. Can you imagine Bear in Lamaze classes???