No, I was rather thinking of the river taking just another turn before entering the sea.
I could place both stories into different ages of the area there, but that would be not as good as I want it to be ("yes, it's exactly 1 year ago since our folks stood before the gates wishing to enter", that's very close to the exact point that made me have "headaches"
). I'd like to have it there because 1. of that additional drama coming from that "it's exactly 1 year ago" anniversary" 2. of the mentioned "our folks" actually meant to be the very same in both stories.
But since I'm still in the process of writing, I can still change some bits.
I have trouble, though, at writing a longer story, as it's meant to be (I can only successfully write short stories), and writing in a genre I never did before (criminal story).