So in my WIP series, unsurprisingly, there is some amount of relationship drama I intend to include, and as someone who is not especially confident with writing this particular kind of material, I would appreciate some imput. It's an urban fantasy series, so naturally the supernatural parts of the story affect the main characters lives in a number of ways. It's easy to come up with generic plot lines about one person in a relationship being 'aware' and keeping secrets from the other and how that adds tension to the relationship. But I want to explore more interesting and specific ways that the supernatural could affect people's relationships, and as the title suggests, not in particularly good ways. There are two notable plotlines in this vein that I intend to occur somewhat early on as my #1 main character, Sarah, adjusts to everything in typical hidden world story fashion. The first is Sarah’s relationship with her current boyfriend as of the start of the series. For Sarah, her recent success in securing this as a serious relationship is a major point of her self confidence, a sign that she has overcome her issues with mental health and her general difficulties with socialising. Her boyfriend, John, was initially concerned by Sarah's issues, especially given his former best friend's insistence that she is trouble, but is now convinced that she is on top of things after falling out with his friend over the subject. But it's a doomed relationship by design, as Sarah gets too deep into supernatural affairs and has difficulty dealing with the way the supernatural directy affects her own already troubled state of mind. So despite Sarah's best efforts, including asking a supernatural world official for permission to tell John everything (her request is bluntly denied), they breakup. John is an important character at first, though he is never a focus, and dissapears from the story not long after their relationship ends. But I don't want it to be a throw away affair, and I don't want John to be seen as a throw away character. It may even be best if John seems likely to remain an important character before this start really going downhill. There's no point doing this as a consequences plot line if it doesn't feel like much of a consequence, if it feels like a hollow relationship. But at the same time, I don’t want to spend too much time on the relationship as there's more important things going on and other main characters beside Sarah. And I also don't want to portray it as some kind of perfect relationship, in fact I intend one the reasons for Sarah’s attachment to be simply because of her difficulty with acheiving any serious relationship, and as such she feels almost as if this is her only chance. How should I approach this kind of plotline? The second plotline is much less substantial of a romance, but deals with more long term character dynamics. As a result, I am more confident in the relevant character portrayals, but I question where I should really do this plot line at all. So this relationship is between Sarah and another one of my MCs, Jade. Jade is friends with Sarah already at the start of the series, but is generally not particularly open or sociable, so plays second fiddle to Sarah’s closest friend, Emily, who has also known her longer. But as the story progresses, Jade, who already has major history with the supernatural, becomes closer to Sarah as she tries to help Sarah deal with her introduction to it. It is Jade’s particular history with the supernatural that is the cause of her detachment, so as Sarah is introduced to it, Jade gradually becomes more comfortable with Sarah. Jade’s introduction to the supernatural was much worse than Sarah's, as she was pulled out of her old life by a group of very morally questionable people who also have a supernaturally created mental hold over her- in particular, a 'noble' from a vampire noble house. The noble, Vitaly, is especially interested in Jade because he believes, after observing her and reading her mind, that she could be partner for him. Vitally sired Jade, and the initial thrall after being turned draws Jade to join as a loyal member of the House. Vitaly’s continued influence seduced Jade into a relationship with him, but eventually she broke out of the thrall, and after breaking down in a crisis of identity, she left the house in disgust for her own immoral actions. Despite the fact that she was under his influence, Jade’s attraction to Vitaly was not entirely false, and this left Jade, who was previous unsure of her sexuality, now deeply confused about it, which in addition to her general state of self hatred, leaves her rather repressed. But now that she has grown more comfortable with Sarah, her repressed sexuality emerges, and she realises that she is attracted to Sarah and even starting to fall in love with her. But unfortunately, though Jade has now become Sarah's closest friend, she doesn't feel the same way. I like the way this plot line deals with a different kind of consequence of the supernatural as in this case it doesn't simply cause tension in some relationship and doesn't just deal with secrets and second lives. But I worry that it may be a little too dramatic, namely given that it's been several years since Jade was turned and she was already 24 EDIT-so just now figuring things out seems questionable-EDIT, but then again, it is part of Jade’s big trauma so maybe the extremity is appropriate. Also of concern is whether this plot line feels too much like a gimick to make Sarah and Jade best buds dynamic more interesting, but I mostly think I can probably carry it off.