I'm getting ready to write the major, climatic events of my novel, but have been going round and round with what direction to take it. I have two major kinks that I just can't seem to work through. As a result, I'm not sure how to lay out the final events. Should my protagonist kill the immediate villain or if she has the option, should she send him away? Should her parents be killed by the immediate villain? This novel is the first in what will be three, and I say immediate villain because he is really just one man following the orders of the overall villain that my character will face by the end of the third novel. I'm just not sure how I feel about making my protagonist a killer, at this point anyway. I feel like this choice says something about her, and I don't know what direction to go with it. Because of the nature of this immediate villain, it may be difficult (plausibly), though not impossible to simply send him away. Secondly, if I do have this immediate villain kill her parents, it seems like that would be a factor that may cause her to kill him rather than send him away... again, what direction I go with this will say something about her. I also feel like her having to handle her anger over their murder would add a dimension to her and the story... in addition to the actual plot events she will have to face over the next two novels. She has had to face some ordeals throughout this novel, but her life before this has been very mild and free of major hardship (though she's had some small internal conflicts). I know the killing of the characters' parents, especially in fantasy, has been done a lot, but I keep wondering if that is where I should go with this. I could just as easily do it or not do it, but I want to play out the better scenario, and just can't decide on what that is. Some general or specific feedback would be great, maybe to help me consider elements I've been ignoring. Please feel free to ask clarifying questions, as I know I've been fairly vague.