In my latest story, I start off with the villain. He is a future President in the year 2052, he instigated a nuclear war, then hid in a bunker under a Colorado mountain. He sits comfortably in his underground prison with his family while people starve on the outside. Then he travels back in time to 2015, saying he wants to send a letter to his future self about how to avoid the war. Supposedly he has an attack of conscience. Well, he really has no attack of conscience. He's really only out for himself. HOWEVER, through most of the novella, he is painted as a sympathetic character. I do have foreshadowing, but it's built within a character that nobody could trust - a fellow criminal who sees through the President. He tries to warn everyone that the President is actually evil, but nobody listens to him, because of his own past. At the end of the novella, I reveal the President's true motivations, in one of the final scenes. Will this lead to the reader feeling betrayed? I even have a plot point that I JUST started to incorporate - where he starts to suffer from a time-travel sickness. His body starts to break down because of the paradox. Do I build too much false sympathy for my character? Thanks for any insight, M.