So I'm determined to finally write the story I've been playing with since I was twelve. I think it's gonna end up a novella, but I'll see how it goes. Making this thread to work out bits which are giving me problems. Warnings for violence. Okay, so to start; our heroine is a 13-year-old member of a minority culture in a gaslamp fantasy setting. Her family (her, her dad, and her kid bro) are the only members of this group in their teeny rural village; he's a woodcutter/carpenter. Annoying microaggressions abound but generally no huge deal is made; everyone's happy to have extra hands to work, though they probably wouldn't let their kids marry into the family. It is noted to be weird that they're not living in the city with a bigger community. Heroine has one close friend, a farmer's son, and a strong rivalry with his twin sister. It's assumed that Heroine and Friend will want to marry later; his parents are hoping they won't, both the kids are actually indifferent but it's The Thing You Do so they figure it'll happen eventually. Don't know if I should make the setting a purely fictional place or an alternate version of Earth with magic and magical races but the same approximate country names - more freedom with the former but also a hell of a lot more work. Thoughts? On the day of the spring fair, various travellers arrive to join in; a caravan intending to trade at the fair, at least one guy who's hitching a ride with them to pass through, and some local elves, who in my version look sort of like Gelflings. Heroine is finally able to use her father's big heavy axe to chop wood cleanly; axes aren't that heavy in general but it takes skill to use them right and she's very proud. One of the travellers is a scribe, repairer of books, and seller of assorted pamphlets and penny-dreadfuls; in exchange for repairing some damage to his cart, he pays Heroine with a cheaply printed anthology of short stories about her favourite folk heroes, an elf and a werewolf. Friend's Sister is noticeably jealous. The fair goes on into the evening, and Kid Bro gets queasy. Heroine takes him for a walk by the stream, out of sight of the party, and when he's still ill she takes him home. The door has been forced, and she finds Friend's Sister on the floor, killed with the axe. She panics, fetches everyone, and hides in the bedroom as the adults rush around downstairs, finally managing to fall asleep. Next morning, she finds she's locked in; she has been accused of the murder. More to come! Input would be nice.