Hi all, its not often i ask for help with my stories, but im struggling with this one and thought I'd try and talk it through with fellow authors. So I've come to a crossroads in my story. My character - a pilot is trying to steal a plane to basically take him to the finish line of the book. He has everything he needs, access to the plane, the keys, the runway, and nobody in his way. Basically he can get onto the plane and fly away into the distance. However if he does that the book will be cut very short and barely hit 50,000 words. His partner has broken into an adjacent hangar and has the potential to find something which would stop him getting on it, however I'm hitting a brick wall with what that could be, that is feasible and realistic. I know all the unwritten rules about not dragging your book out longer than the story naturally would develop, but I thought I'd ask here first. A bit of back ground on it, the world as we know it is starting to unravel. Its basically the beginning of the apocalypse, but the people in my world are yet to realise it, except a select few - ie my MC. It is a down to earth story, with no far fetched entities. Everything that happens is realistic and possible, so i don't really want to go down the path of supervillian/dead body/kidnap situation or millions in £££. Everything I can come up with seems far fetched. Don't really expect miracles here, I would love it if you could solve my dilemma for me, but I know that's doubful, but have you ever been in a similar situation with your writing, and how did you overcome it?