Was not expecting this, well, ever - I started reading after you had quit posting. It's certainly a pleasant surprise! I hope you're feeling better.
Yeah, villainous monologues are one of those cliches that I always assume is too overdone to continue seriously... And then I'll find another one. I guess it's just an easy way to wrap everything up, but endings shouldn't be easy! I waited this whole time for it!
This monologue wasn't even really at the end. It was necessary to let the protagonist know exactly what was going on, apparently...even though most of the clues are there in the text once the protagonist picks ups a few basic supernatural facts.