Here are the basics: - A family of serfs runs away from their lord's manor. The Lord hires men to go after them. - In the meantime, an assassin order dispatches one of their own to murder this family because it has been learned that they are traitors to the kingdom during a time of war. - The assassin MC does the deed and finds out the family has a kid. Has a small crisis of conscience and decides to take the kid somewhere safe. Somehow, somewhere, that gets a mark put on her so now she's on the run from her own group. And the aforesaid bounty hunters. The idea is that the lord of the manor just wants his property back, while the assassin group wants the family dead. Problem is, they already got what they wanted. The story opens up to the MC knifing them, so unless they really do mean "kill everyone including any children they have", what they want has already been given to them, my MC just hadn't given them the proof. She just took the kid and took off somewhere else. They don't care about the kid. I could make the fact that her not giving them proof makes her somehow marked for death, but that seems a little extreme doesn't it? Neither the assassin group nor he cares about what the other wants. The assassin group wants the MC dead. The lord of the manor wants his property -- the kid -- back. Problem? Well, as I was writing out the ending of the story (as it was the most clear in my mind), it just occurred to me that I may have accidentally ended the story earlier than I had intended. Earlier than the climax. Basically, the lord of the manor finally has what he wanted and is currently sailing away back to his manor. The MC is still on the run from her group and while she would've liked to not let the kid go back to the lord of the manor, I feel that a climax revolving her getting the kid back would result in her being back on Square 1: on the run from both groups, or at least one of them with the kid. -------- TL;DR VERSION: I feel like I've written myself into a corner. The plot has seemingly ended before the climax could begin, and even then, what would be the climax? Get the kid back? She'd be right back to where she started in the first place! And because neither the lord of the manor, nor the assassin group has any real grudge or reason to fight each other... Maybe I just don't have anything for her to justify fighting anymore. As of now in my manuscript, she's just standing there in a hopeless situation: kid's gone, she's in a hostile city with an assassin order hot on her feet. Thoughts? Advice?