Hi All, Just a quick question from me, looking for some other opinions. My latest project is a fantasy novel about a young man who feels out of place in his society and, catalysed by rejection by a girl he loves and his committing manslaughter, leaves his old life behind and joins a band of mercenaries. My plan for the plot is that this young man find he enjoys this new life of violence, plunder and destruction a little too much and is very close to causing disaster but eventually dissuaded, calmed down and, I guess, returned to his old self as, amongst other things, he falls in love with another girl. The slightly corny ending is not the issue, but rather that, for whatever reason, it feels right to me to introduce this second girl to readers before she meets this young man. Perhaps it's because she's such an important character, or that I want to write a story that follows separate characters (I enjoy reading such stories but have never attempted to write one before). The problem is that I feel that if I introduce a seemingly random female character that this, coupled with the fact all the young man's friends are obviously like "you'll find someone else", will lead to readers guessing what's going to happen. That's certainly the conclusion I think I'd draw. Now, I obviously can, and plan to, make the girl's introduction a bit more relevant and a bit less suspicious. I haven't decided yet, really, but I'm thinking that the girl will end up fleeing the "bad guys" that destroy the protagonists home town, something which makes him go further into madness. So what I'm asking is, is this an obvious plot line and, if so, how can I make it less so? But also I'm asking that, even if it is obvious, if it's written well, does it really matter? Even if readers can guess these two characters will end up together, they don't know what else will happen, after all. Thanks in advance!