I have a story I wrote when I was in high school that I've decided was actually very good and I want to go back and rewrite and refine it. The problem I have is that the story is one that is great to write when you are 18 or so, and even then you look up during the reading expecting to be stopped at any moment by the instructor. It's not especially graphic, but, even though it is rather short, the subject matter is a bit taboo. I was a huge Anne Rice fan at the time if that gives any clarity. I want to remove it, but it is so entwined in the story that I am having a hard time figuring out how to do it. It is the central turning point for the protagonist. If you were in this spot, what would you do? Would you forge ahead with it hoping the readers would realize it is just fiction and accept it as that, or would you work to find an alternative? Would you just scrap it altogether?