Hit a snag with my fantasy today. Basically, my main character, Mishu Jerni, had just saved two people (a priestess and her friend) from an assassin who attacked the orphanage she grew up in. In doing so, she revealed her secret as a member of the kingdom's secret enforcement group, a group that had once been the ruin of the priestess's reputation and social standing, had caused one of her loved ones to commit suicide out of shame. As punishment, that priestess kicks her out of the orphanage. Despite protests from the friend, and a few of Mishu's own friends, the priestess stands firm: Mishu is to leave the orphanage. The reason I had this scene here was to have Mishu learn that keeping secrets, even for good intentions, can lead to disastrous consequences. In this instance, it wounded up causing her to have to expose her secret to the two people she cared about the most defending them from the assassin she's trying to stop. The priestess in question loved Mishu, never would have thought she'd go off to join the group that basically destroyed her life. To her, this is an act of betrayal what Mishu did. Mishu basically just flipped off the Goddess, her Tenants, everything that the priestess had ever stood for. Mishu basically just flipped off the people who were willing to take her in and raise her. Thing is, wouldn't it make the priestess a bit of a horrible person for kicking Mishu out? She's basically taking her vindictive anger for the legal system she so despises out on an innocent girl. That she would've known since the girl was an infant. I did rationalize it to be that she was trying to think what was best for the orphanage, not Mishu. If the assassin were after Mishu, then Mishu being gone would make sure the others within weren't in danger. The assassin would go after Mishu and leave them alone. He would not put the other children in danger. I think what I'm trying to show here is that the priestess has good reasons for kicking Mishu out of the orphanage, I'm just worried this would make her look too cruel. Especially since Mishu just got done saving the asses of her and her friend from an assassin.