I'm almost done with macroplanning a prequel series of stories to a following series. But however as I was coming up on the definitive end moments of the fourth book there's one hurdle that I can't seem to get over. My MC, Tonya, has to survive a firing squad. Or a death sentence of some sort. The Plot: Tonya is the relative newcomer of a spec ops squad of 5 Metahumans, Logan Blackwolf, Christopher Hughes, Shawn "BB" Briggs, and Ryan Kepler. They all become close friends in the previous book and Tonya even develops a secret relationship with BB (She's still kinda seen as an outsider). In this book she's forced to kill BB after she figures out he's a traitor and was selling them out to the enemy organization, Sentra. The leader of her spec ops organization (who's the puppetmaster in the betrayal) sends the rest of the group who discover her deed as she's grieving over her actions and worse the information she finds out from BB. She's brought before a hearing with General Striker, someone who hates her guts already because he believes she's killed 2 precious American soldiers years before. So with this incident he's had enough and sentences her to die by a way that her squadmates deemed fit without any trial. Which for a military squad who want to personally avenge their fallen friend, firing squad. During a car ride out to an abandoned forest where they planned to kill Tonya she tries to explain that the squad is being sent to die on their next mission but they're having none of it. So she feigns arrogance about the murder to her victim's best friend, Christopher, claiming she wanted to reveal his final words to him and him alone. She get's her private audience with Chris only after he viciously beats her. She reveals the vital information to him but the information doesn't get past his rage over her killing BB. And then they tie her up to a tree and shoot her. The problem is I want her to live through this and the climax but she has to somehow survive a firing squad (and a ruptured organ from the beating) but I'm not sure how to pull this one off short of Deus Ex Machina . But I'm not sure quite how to finish this one up. I'm soo close. I feel like I've watched this in movies and comics several times but I'm missing it. Can someone help me come up with a way to have her live?