My main character is a fourteen year old girl. The story takes place in a parallel world where people have magical abilities. Right now I have two problems concerning her. The first is her home situation. This girl has lived with her father ever since her mother died, but her father suddenly tells her that he has a job abroad and she cannot come with him. He is telling her that she would go and live with her grandparents (his parents) that live in the same city as the one he is about to leave. I am planning to have her move to her paternal grandparents and have them send her to their other son and his wife (her uncle and aunt) who also live in that city. The fourteen year old girl and her father have always had a strained relationship with the paternal family, but the father (who has always been an irresponsible person) doesn't care and sends his daughter to live with them. The problem is......... The girl actually has supportive grandparents and an aunt on the maternal side of the family, but they live hours away (on the other side of the country). What would be the reason for her not living with them? She will hate living with her paternal family and I am sure (if she asked) that her maternal grandparents would let her live with them. What can be the reason for her to not try and run away and live with her maternal grandparents? Is the fact that she doesn't want to move away from her friends and her city believable enough? If you ask me why I won't let her live with her maternal grandparents......... The reason for that is that her paternal uncle's wife (her aunt) will play an important role in the story and that won't happen if she lives on the other side of the country. And I want to show her unhappy life situation and family situation. The second problem is her "fate". The girl finds out that her aunt plays part in something really big and the aunt is a guardian of some magical amulet that is protecting the world around them. The problem is that the fourteen year old girl will be the main character and she will embark on a quest and defeat the one(s) trying to steal that amulet (and some other related amulets). But what can be the reasons for her aunt letting her "join the quest" or even wanting her/forcing her to join the quest? My character is not a guardian of any amulet. And I don't want to use the "chosen one/prophecy about a chosen one that will save the world" thing, because I find that clichéd and I will leave gods, prophecies and "religious things" out of the story.