The Sentient Fanfic Search Engine mk II
Yeah, that latest turn kinda reeks of trying to wrap things up and pairing spares. I think we've both been reading enough stories to have a grasp or instinct on when certain plot twists happen and generally what they mean.
So also if that is what is occurring, the author has ruined his stories and I would not have not seen such a blatent plot derailment and ruination of a good story due to a pairing shift since 'Adamantine Mist' by MZephyr and the alternate endings story on FF.NET.
I guess we shall see with the next chapters.