Hello. I'm writing a fantasy novel that I'm thinking of getting published in the future. I'm thinking of making it trilogy, and actually I'm done with the draft for the first book. I have vague notes and ideas about what will happen in the other two books but, of course, they are still on the making. The thing is, I'm struggling about a couple of characters in my story--Actually, I'm just clueless as to what to do with them by the end of the third novel. That is to say, whether there will be a happy ending, tragedy or something else. I'll give a brief explanation of the characters. They are both male (first thing which makes it complicated), and one is a prince (or rather, King), and the other is his personal adviser (...which makes it even more complicated). From the very start, one would say there's no way they can end up together. In fact, both characters seemed to understand that from the beginning. I even made the prince reluctant of starting a relationship with his adviser (for seventeen years, no less) for this very same fact. It wasn't after the risk of truly seeing the other die appeared that they...became "official", so to speak. But of course, in the long run, the people in the kingdom probably won't be accepting this relationship. And that's where I am struggling. I'm not sure what to do with them, and I simply want ideas. So far, I have thought of three options: - Happy Ending. Prince gives up his kingdom, elects someone from the court to be the heir, and leaves kingdom together with his adviser to live happily ever after. (Too cliche and overly unrealistic). - Tragic Ending. One of them dies. Thing is, their relationship is so...sick, for lack of a better term, that I fear for the sanity of the one that remains alive. - Tragic Ending II. Both of them die in an epic battle or something. I would like more options...At least, an option that is not too, let's say, 'happy' nor too tragic. I know I'm not giving too many details and that might make it difficult to brainstorm, but anything might help.