ACT III - ok, this was a fun one! Challenging to figure out how to weave, but fun - like putting the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together and saying a-ha!
From where I left off on ACT II, I knew I would require a handoff for the IC as they would not be physically present. Turns out the character I had in mind is also female and the issue in the RS backstory can be related through her perfectly - especially in light of the circumstances, which by the way, is OS signpost # 4. Wonderful!
So, going to the Plot Sequence Report once again, here's what I found
OS - CURRENT SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCE (THE PRESENT)
Dream - Hope
RS - BASIC DRIVES + DESIRES (INNERMOST DESIRES)
Ability - Desire
MC - TRANSFORMING ONES NATURE
Strategy - Analysis
IC - GATHERING INFORMATION OR EXPERIENCE
Choice - Delay
Because I knew I had a handoff, it felt appropriate that the IC part be first. In fact, it made sense to have it as its own sequence, but I was struggling with the order until I actually put it in reverse:
Delay - Choice
This actually made sense for where I wanted the scene to go, particularly with it being a handoff because the character in the handoff experiences an epiphany - the key is to find the event that causes the conflict between Delay and Choice and luckily I already had that in mind.
As a result, this is the weave I came up with:
(IC) Delay - Choice
Writing the definitions with minor story points, this comes out as:
A willingness to reevaluate (openness) causes a decision to be put off until later (delay), but an action occurs, forcing a (choice) that allows one to no longer adhere to their previously held views (preconception).
The response by the handoff character allows the MC to become free to fulfill a number of (prerequisites) to get back to the IC. The circumstances, however, prove to be difficult and make it hard and the MC refuses to admit a previously held view is no longer true (denial).
Upon finding the IC, she suggests what she knows to be true - she will not survive (knowledge). But the MC tries a new plan (strategy) involving a slight sacrifice on his behalf as a response. Alas, both of them surviving is a desired future that doesn't fit within reason (dream).
The IC relays her faith in being able to do any of this (ability) was found in him - knowing that if she couldn't make it, he would. She also relays faith as being the cornerstone of her view for the issue in their backstory. As a result, the MC evaluates the situation and circumstances (analysis) from her viewpoint as the IC tries to motivate him toward something better (desire)...
...a desired future that does fall within reasonable expectations, all things considered (hope).
The new knowledge/insight allows for the MC to consider (thought) all the sacrifices and their meaning and makes the leap of faith, but not without certain restrictions imposed on his effort (preconditions).
The precondition being fulfilled ends up providing the solution to the OS Story and the MC's problem, allowing for (closure) on both ends.
Sounds like it fits to me!
While I have a good amount of the story in my head and this helps to provide a solid framework, my next step will be to go back and begin exploring the conflict within each sequence and building those scenes with characters. This process itself has mainly focused on the MC/IC and their relationship between each other and how it, in the bigger picture, relates to the OS - but it's also brought life to a few of the other supporting characters as well, characters I'll be eager to go spend some more time with as I start chiseling away more and more until they're fully realized and fleshed out.