I've been bubbling this concept for a story about a female Conan-the-Barbarian-type adventurer, and I've just brainstormed the following plot outline: The heroine begins the story as a trained assassin who must infiltrate a fortress to kill an enemy general. She does a favor for a local villager who thanks her by showing her the entrance to a secret escape route that leads to the fortress's interior. Once she goes up the route, she bumps into an enemy patrol, kills them all in a fight scene, and dons one of the soldiers' clothing as a disguise. She then finds her way to the general's bedchamber, only to discover that his family is visiting. Realizing that her target has a loving family takes away her urge to kill him, so she leaves the fortress without accomplishing her mission. This gets her shamefully dismissed from the assassin order by her superior. Now that she has been disgraced, she leaves her country to roam the wilderness in search of a new life... This is only the first chapter, but my concern is that since my heroine ultimately doesn't kill the enemy general, the chapter might be anti-climactic and boring. If it is, how can I spice it up?