I already have what I think I should do, but my new story has a kid growing up at a ship harbour that is frequently visited by pirates. Not to steal, but it has a good pub, so they frequently come by. He makes some friends with some of the pirates and hangs out with them whenever they come around. He works at the docks because his mom is sick, and he wants to help her. Should I try and stretch out the beginning to get the reader to like the mom before I kill her? Or do I kill her off as soon as possible? I would like to hear what everybody's opinion is.