In (older)tv shows there were givens. Lone ranger: When Tonto went to town he got beat up. Star Trek: When a new person was in the landing party, he would be the one to be killed. The book I am reading,(Alta) the author just killed a likable secondary character, and my first thought, she killed the lovable centaur again. Spoiler alert (there are 2 princes in the story so it doesn't give away to much) (The helpful friendly young energetic centaur scout was killed suddenly in a previous book*, the likable prince was killed suddenly in the book I am reading now.) (*I am still mad at the author for killing her off, and that was four books ago.) 1.Is there a pattern in your stories that repeat? I know some we don't notice, but some we might. 2.Do you put in "dead characters walking" in your stories? Created just to hook your reader into liking them and then kill them off?