I’ve been buzzing along on the WIP, everything going pretty well, and then today, I ran into a conundrum. I could tell I was stuck, because I wrote 1,000 words today, and I knew the instant I was done that it sucked. I’ve thought about this problem all day, and I can’t figure it out. Help, please!
In this scene, my antagonist, Vlad, the Russian assassin, has stolen a car. He’s enraged because Phoebe, my heroine, has just broken into his hotel room and stolen back the data. He must retaliate.
Vlad knows where the safe house is, so he’s off to hurt someone, anyone (that’s the “blind with rage” thing going on). I want him to run over one of my characters. Who? That’s my question. (Don’t worry, nobody dies. I think nobody will even be hurt. Maybe a little.)
There’s a lot of people living in the safe house. Here are your options:
Phoebe, my heroine. She’s the logical choice, except that Vlad has already tasered her. So getting run over seems like overkill.
Chase, my hero. He’d be a good choice because he’s athletic, so it makes sense that he could avoid the worst. He’s already pursued Vlad on foot once, so…maybe also overkill.
Yuri, the Russian defector whom the assassin came to kill in the first place. In a misunderstanding at the beginning of the story, Chase hits Yuri with a baseball bat and breaks his arm, so now Yuri is sporting a bright pink cast. I’d like to say running him over is overkill, but somehow it doesn’t feel like it is.
Kristin, Phoebe’s broken-hearted best friend. But she’s already so sad!
Nick, the man who broke her heart. I want to say, kill the jerk, but he seems too obvious a choice.
Sanjay, friend of Phoebe and Chase, taxicab driver by profession, now taking classes in protection driving for celebrities and politicians.
Jamal, classmate of Sanjay, owns an armored vehicle (very handy!).
Brenda, Phoebe’s mother, who’s going crazy with wedding plans.
Claire, Chase’s mother, who likes big weddings but thinks Brenda is a bit nuts.
Trouble, the dog.
So, who gets the tire tracks on their back?
With this story, I’m going for a vibe of the Marx Brothers jamming everything into the ship’s stateroom, if you’ve ever seen that movie, so lunacy is welcome, even required. Thanks in advance for all ideas!