Chapter 37: What Might Be
Verin tells Rand what little sheís learned about the Portals, forcing him to bullshit his way through where they should go, which includes places with toxic air, and places that their arrival will likely tear apart the very reality of. Of course, thereís no way that will actually happen, but itís good to have this threat level as a reason why they wonít just use these things all the time from now on.
And with that, the rest of the chapter is pretty much Jordan saying ďHoly crap, there are big fans of this thing. Well, hereís some Fanfic Fuel
for you all.Ē Rand sees several alternate lives he might have had, and so does everyone else, though we donít see them, and finally they arrive back in the main world, at Tomanís HeadÖfour months later. Whoops.
Itís a weird experience reading this chapter, as itís basically Robert Jordan writing AU fanfic of his own work. And to steal another line from Mark Oshrio, Iíll be very disappointed in the fans if there isnít a metric ton of actual fanfic spun off from it. Plus, they all end with the Dark One calling Rand ďLews TherinĒ when he dies, so thatís one more thing to pound against his denial. Dare I hope itís shattered by the end of this book?