Basically, in the first two books of my Colonial detective series, Amos lives with a tavern owner who is pretty much an arrogant bully to all of his employees, especilly to Amos and this tavern owner has a violent temper. Well, in a later scene, Amos and Benjamin (his best friend and fellow tavern worker) arrive back in the tavern after visiting a witness to the crime the story's about. Well, this happens... Spoiler Suddenly, I felt an explosion of pain on my jaw. Stumbling backward into the wall, I fought back tears as I clasped my mouth tightly. Through the numbness, I could feel two loose objects bouncing around on my tongue. I spat them out on my hand. It took me only a second to realize that they were my teeth. “You hurt Amos!” Benjamin cried. “It’ll be you next if you don’t shut up!” Wilkins roared drunkenly, slamming his ale on the table. “Wait…wait…” I gasped, holding a free hand up. “Don’t.” “Give me one good reason why you two were late in getting here…” He growled. I panted. What would I tell him? That Benjamin and I were at Mister Marcus’ house asking him about the recent murder nearby? That the only reason we did this was because Marcus knew that the poor soul that was murdered had some connection to the hunchback in the attic and the missing locket? Wilkins’ hand then gripped my shirt collar and yanked me closer to him. I could smell the stench of ale on his breath. “Tell me!” After writing that, I stepped backward from my story. I know I had planned for Wilkins to do this, knew I wasn't aiming to protray him with any sympathy at all, but I was still shocked at what I just made him do. I still want to write it, but I'm not happy with Wilkins' treatment of Amos and am scared of what else I could have Wilkins do to him. So, has this ever happened to any of y'all? Have you characters done something so terrible that you just take a step back?