What is worse, in your opinion: a) Leaving a minor plot point unresolved, or b) resolving it in a way that comes off like an afterthought? I won't go into detail, but in the romantic suspense novel I'm licking into shape, I throw threat after danger after threat at my MCs, until finally they survive The Biggest Threat of All. Whew! I then proceed to resolve the personal growth issues and the love story in a way pleasing to them both, and write "The End." The other day, however, I realized I'd forgotten about another Potential Really Big Threat I'd introduced earlier in the story. My MCs are sure to bring it to mind at some point: they aren't stupid, and neither are readers. But I can't have it be anything more than potential without its highjacking my whole denouement. So. after giving my MCs one last big scare, I have it turn out that the Potential Really Big Threat has always been contained--- literally--- and nobody has ever had anything to worry about. It feels perverse, doing it that way! Like I'm poking the reader with an electric cattle prod and saying, "No! You can't relax now! I have to get you frightened for my characters one more time! Though--- ha-ha!--- it's really nothing at all!" And it hurts my pride. Here I'd thought I had all the plot strands so nicely tied up. Phooey.