When I reach the final third of a chapter (roughly 1000 words left), I start herding the characters toward the positions they need to be in for the beginning of the next chapter. In this case, I need to get Patrick out of his lighthouse and on the way toward town.
How did I do this... with a little help from the other lighthouse keepers, who've decided to break from their normal routine to discover why Miss Sarah Varner deigned to visit the lighthouse despite Patrick's surly reputation.
Tomorrow, I'll wrap this chapter up, edit one more time, and send it off to my wonderful editor (who will be the only one who gets to read this before the first chapters book is released). Such a tease