I knew it had to happen, but when the moment came I could barely type the words. A character I'd built up who had formed an important relationship with another needed to die horribly and I honestly found it quite challenging to write. She's a journalist who assists another journalist in a key element of the plot, they succeed in their quest and she falls for the other, younger journalist. That element in itself made it much harder to kill her off and it was interesting to try putting myself in the mind of of the younger woman when she finds out that her special friend had been murdered. It would have simple to have them live happily ever after and maybe bump into each other again, but nowhere near as interesting. I don't have a problem killing off the undesirables, but maybe that's just human nature. What do others think?