A Mouse in the barbecue - ugh!
|Not quite a mouse but...|
In a story, sometimes the characters seem to choose their own routes. The life paths you originally envisioned get changed because of a twist in the plot you didn't foresee or a character flaw you didn't anticipate. I have a character like that, he thought he had a bigger place in the story then he did. Okay, my subconscious at work again - I thought not the character, I know that. The long and short was that he really was a pathetic investigator and he's got to go. This guy isn't moving the plot along and truthfully, he has a bit of a drinking problem. It's time for him to exit via the cleanest way possible, so I took creative license and chose death. For some reason, he's not happy. Some days you just can't please.
On the upside, a mouse got to live another day and the barbecue has been cleared of any signs of occupation.