I have been writing my head off and spontaneously got stuck on such a simple thing as 'which should i go for, smile or smirk'? My protagonist was hurt badly in an attempt on her life, and her friend came along dragging the assassin with him. He began to beat the poor guy on the spot, and while giving a heavy stomp to the chest, was rewarded with a resounding crack of a broken rib and gasps of immense pain. Now comes the problem. "He gave a sinister smile" or "He gave a sinister smirk" and even worse yet, "He smirked cruelly" or "He smiled cruelly" GAAAH I JUST CAN'T DECIDE! Well, the guy is a gentlemen in general, but he has a crush on our dear protagonist, where the protagonist didn't know he cared and keeps giving him the 'you're a good friend' treatment. You know, the usual stuff. Since the guy is pretty reserved in his emotions, he kinda lost it when he saw the protagonist lying on the ground with blood gushing from her abdomen. I want to portray a scene where despite him being laid back and controlled kind of person, he has amazing potential to be evil or bad ass. But URGH! am I stuck on how to do that.