Being a pantser, I’ve come to a place in my manuscript where I added a character purely to raise the stakes. Now, I’m trying to decide if I should “redshirt” (kill him off to reinforce the seriousness of the situation) him or just put I’m in a coma.
He’s the police officer boyfriend of of the heroine’s best friend. The friend is tied to a chair because she’s possessed by a demon. The boyfriend has come to visit and caught them with his girlfriend tied to a chair. He’s not anything more than a bit character, but he is a policeman, how would you as a reader feel if I kill him off?
Oh, the demon is going to attack him not the hero, etc.