In the version of the CC that I've used in the past, I actually have 3 outcome cards. There is a Near Future card, an Outcome card, and a Possible Outcome card (at the top of the cross).
The Horizontal arm of the cross is Immediate Past, Basis of the Matter crossed by a second Basis card, and the Near Future. Generally the Immediate Past is literally just barely past. The Near Future is going to come up right now, and is probably inevitable. The Outcome card (at the top of the Spear) is what will happen "if this goes on". If no changes are made, that is what you are going to get.
If it is a good outcome, that is fine. But if it isn't good, you look at the Possible Outcome for a different ending to the situation. It is available as an ending, but only if you make some changes. You can pull additional cards, or run a separate reading for advice on how to get to the Possible Outcome if that is where you want to go.
You can go to this thread for an example of an Old Reading where I did this kind of CC including what actually happened during two years after the cards were pulled.