I'm currently working on my first fictional novel, actually this would be my first time writing something and seriously want to have it published. Right now I'm stuck between having to continue with my third wheel character. The first four chapters were about my two main characters working together. Let's call them cara1, caro2, and caro3. Cara1 finally began to trust caro2 and was starting to have feelings for him, but I didn't know where to go from there. I was having trouble trying to figure out what else I needed them to do. How can I build on that more? I didnt want cara1 to fall too much in love with caro2 because I need her to have to come to a decision on that towards the end of my novel. So instead I went the other way and put doubt into cara1's mind, by introducing caro3 into her life to complicate things for her. Caro3 will eventually die in the end, but I need cara1 to be in love with him too. I'm at a stand still with this, because my middle chapters are falling short. Do I take out caro3 for now and just keep building on caro2 with cara1?