Basically, in my Amos Mystery #1 story, he has a companion from the start of the book, Benjamin. They've known each other for three years as they work in the tavern. Benjamin, to put it short, is a twelve-year-old kid (Amos is fourteen) with the ideas and to him the sky's the limit. Amos is the one who keeps him down to earth and in reality. They're not brothers, but they consider each other brothers. When Amos is in danger, Benjamin does everything he can to help him and vice versa. They both do not trust the Parrish, a wealthy plantation owning family who takes them in. Benjamin, especially as he fears the eldest son, Robin, is trying to wedge himself between them. Now, okay, Robin's a nice guy but he's more of a charasmatic person, not the bubbly head-in-cloud type like Benjamin is. To put it bluntly, I don't want to kill Benjamin off. I want him to stay with Amos as a brother, but in the future Amos stories, Benjamin doesn't appear. His role is replaced by Robin who eventually becomes an elder brother for Amos (as Amos was for Benjamin.) I like this kid, I like him a lot and am afraid to kill him off; yet the plot dictates I have to.