Suppose you are in opposition to the main characters. Of course, you don’t think of yourself as a villain; you think of them as annoyances in the way of your Grand Plan. But consider someone who (as is not unknown in the construction industry) is both a tough, hardnosed boss running a big business…and also someone with some connections to the underworld. Now suppose that you have told an underling that someone has become too big a nuisance and stumbling block to be tolerated anymore, but nothing should be traceable back to the Family. You know what I mean.
Now the underling has the bright idea of….let’s say…putting a plutonium pill into someone. That’s not it, of course, that would be a spoiler. And it doesn’t really matter what the bright idea consisted of, whether it was a Rube Goldberg kind of thing with trip wires and marbles running down chutes to release a heavy bottle of ancient Scotch onto the vic’s head, or letting a venomous snake into the house. What matters is that the plan doesn’t work, at least not in the sense of quickly getting rid of X. And the method chosen could indeed be traced back, if anyone works hard enough on it. You find out, of course, from your various spies, that the plan failed. How long do you wait before calling in the underling and chewing him out?
Originally, I had scenes relating to this confrontation set days after the intended vic was “merely” in intensive care but might live. But yesterday I thought, “No, Bossman isn’t going to wait that long.” And then I thought “But maybe…” I’m being tossed on the horns of that dilemma. I’ve moved one of the scenes forward but in the midst of readying the second one…I had second thuoghts. And third and fourth and fifth ones, too. So…will he call in underling as soon as it’s clear X isn’t dead yet? Or will he wait to see what underling does?
No promises that I’ll use the answer y’all come up with, but I might.