Remember on Friday when I was lamenting the fact that I didn’t really have a bad guy?
I now have two. Maybe three. Okay, two and a half. (The third is behind the scenes, manipulating bad guy number two.)
Sadly, the only one who has a name is the one behind the scenes.
(I should probably work on correcting that sometime in the next four days.)
Overall, though, the outline is shaping up. (I’m not going to say what it’s shaping up into, but it is shaping up.)
The antagonists are making me tear my hair out. They’re all after the same seven year old boy.
One wants him dead.
One wants to use him to blackmail the first one.
And the third? The third wants to use him as a pawn to destroy Vinadi and the Academy of the Accord, and is using the second one to get him.
The problem now is figuring out how to weave all three of those together. The first two aren’t bad, but that third one…
I really want that third one in there, as it will be a great way to tie this into the overall story arc of the series, but I’m not really sure how to make it happen. I’m hoping that as I keep tweaking the outline and moving stuff around and asking and answering questions I’ll figure it out.
Meanwhile, another problem has cropped up, namely, the order of events. Specifically, the length of time between the arrival of bad guy number two at the school, the arrival of a messenger, and the disappearance of the seven year old boy.
This thing is seriously giving me a headache.