The story I'm revising has been troubling me, and now I've figured out where the problem is with the initial draft. Problem is, I'm not sure what to do about it. The problem is that the conflict is too understated and doesn't really satisfy me. Premise is, twin girls living in a Maya city in an alternate timeline in which the Mesoamericans beat back the Spanish Conquistadores. Now, in 2015, the city has been westernized. Cars, cell phones, American fashions and television programming etc. One of the twins is set to bring the "old ways" back by undertaking a ritual to communicate with the ancient Maya gods. There's supposed to be a sinister character here if the reader thinks about it, because this is a large city, mostly full of people who have no interest in seeing the ancient gods and beliefs of the Maya return. The more submissive of the two twins is one of those, but she follows along with her sister out of love and because she's always followed her. Anyway, the girls gather up what they need, the stronger sister performs the ritual, there is a transformation and the meek sister runs off, but at the end they reunite and head back into the city together. The story has a flashback, but the plot is actually very liner. Sister does A, B, and C, gets result D. I like it, insofar as it goes, but something was bugging me about it and I realized there is no real obstacle, even internal, going on. The strong sister, who is the viewpoint character, is determined to do the ritual from the start, and she does in fact do it. Options: 1) Make the viewpoint character full of doubt. I don't like this so much because I like her character as it is, and it fits with her name and the history I have for her; 2) Make the meek sister an antagonist who actively opposes the strong sister. Not bad, but again goes against my vision of the meek sister, and how much she loves her older-by-a-minute twin; 3) Introduce a third-party antagonist who tries to foil the plot. This is a short story, I'd rather not weigh it down with a ton of additional characters. 4) Change viewpoint to the meek sister, who is in fact torn about helping her twin. Again, not bad, though I like the stronger twin as a viewpoint character. 5) Something goes wrong with the ritual, and the stronger twin has to struggle to overcome it before the ritual is finally successful. OK, not bad. What do you guys think of this? Or are there other ideas that come to mind for making the conflict better so that the resolution is more impactful? Part of my problem is I like the story as I envisioned it, and I'm having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that it doesn't work in terms of conflict/resolution. But it doesn't.