My problem is I have a short story due in a week or so for my class and I have limited writing room (about 5-7 pages) which is difficult for me. My character is a princess in a magical land (cliche I know but work with me here) who decides to seek out an old god/outcast* in order to solve a problem, her father is planning to overthrow the gods (he's sick of their petty squabbles leading to disasters and death.) She doesn't know how he plans on doing this, so she goes to the old god, who she has been warned about thousands of times because he's manipulative and untrustworthy, and fully expects it to work out for her, which it obviously doesn't. The character is immature, but not maliciously. She's used to defeating her opponents and being the smartest in her class, but it's like gifted kids once they're out in the real world, life isn't something being good at algebra can solve. Her whole character is going to be framed in this one conversation with the old god, it's all I have room for really, but how do I do this convincingly? How do I portray this via a single conversation without it feeling like I'm hitting the reader over the head with it? *He quit being a god because his siblings are idiots, he's more like a demon who makes deals with people in exchange for something, usually magic.