A better choice for past tense in lieu of "did"

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English, USA
From a fiction piece:

Sara made her way to the stairs slowly and went up to her bedroom where it was safe, if not peaceful. Once locked inside, she let the tears fall from her eyes. All she had heard was nothing but the truth as Myrtle saw it. Nothing Sara did would ever change that.

What the author is trying to say is that regardless of what Sara does in the future it will not change anything. The use of "did" implies actions in the past. Thoughts on a better tense?

Thank you.
  • Einstein

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    I don't find the sentence incongruous; it's the past version of "Nothing Sara does will ever change that".

    If you really don't like "did", an alternative might be, "Nothing Sara could do would ever change that".
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