I have a subplot where one of my characters is a 17 year old boy living in a type of religious organisation called the Brotherhood who worship the Lord of Light (the one god, only god etc.) Laith is a member, but only because of his magic- he's one of those religious types who is not fanatical, but believes in it because he's never known anything else- he's quite lazy and laid back and just goes through the motions of ceremonies and suchlike, however he has sworn an Oath- as all the Brothers do when they reach the age of 14. (this oath incluces such trappings as celibacy, obligation to remain under the authority and command of the Warrior Priest (leader) all of his life and many more) As such an apathetic guy, he really didn't pay much attention to the Oath he was swearing. However, the boy whom he is in love with is of a higher rank in the Brotherhood: a Fire Warrior- someone under direct fealty of the Warrior Priest; a year older than Laith here, and also more caught up in the trappings of the religion and Oaths and whatnot. There lies the problem; this Fire Warrior, Samar, loves Laith but he is also sworn to the Oath he took (which he takes a lot more seriously than Laith). They were best friends before Samar became a Fire Warrior; and of course; they still love each other. Understand Samar's position; it's enough to drive him crazy caught between loyalty to the religion and love (I'm sure you all know how irrational and crazy love can make you, especially in teenage years with all those hormones :c). What I'm asking is this: Driven mad by being torn between two sides, is it believable that an 18 year old would break his Oath to be with someone he loves? Samar knows the risk he's taking ((penalty of oath-breaking is death if they are caught (which of course, they are)). What do you think? I mean it's not a typical Romeo and Juliet... sorry; Romeo and Julius tragic mooshy gooshy love story waah waah, boohoo thing. It's tragic, yes. But the purpose it to get Laith off his lazy arse and out of the clutches of the Brotherhood- since he's an important character.