I've been struggling with a plot issue and could use a pow-wow brainstorming sessions. Adam is destined to kill Bill. The prophecy has been made and it is unavoidable. However, to stop Charlie (a supernatural villain), Bill has come to Adam to ask for assistance. As far as Bill is concerned, his death is a small price to pay to stop Charlie. Adam does not want to kill Bill. However, he eventually comes to realize that stopping Charlie is worth the price of killing his friend, Bill. What Adam and Bill come to realize is that, since they can't prevent Adam from killing Bill, they might as well do so in a way that most helps them stop Charlie. Adam and Bill agree (more Bill than Adam) for Adam to kill Bill. Adam kills Bill. Bill goes to the afterlife. However, from the afterlife, Bill can provide certain resources to Adam which make it easier to stop Charlie. Problem. This basically glorifies Adam's killing of Bill. I want my overall moral compass in this story to be fairly clear (Adam isn't a white knight on a shining horse, but I want him to struggle to find a moral path which is at least a very light shade of grey - his struggle to retain his innocence is the moral conflict in subplot B). Oh, and this is a Young Adult novel. So, I really don't want to panic moms (and their preachers) into not buying the book for their kids.