So when will they split up?I was poking around with the number of characters in a story -- on a journey, thus fixing the number of major characters and demoting all others to bit parts -- and I thought to increase it from three to five.
Whereupon two characters started to announce that they were going to refuse the journey. (Hmm -- perhaps tell the others that they can bring back word and arrange for their rescue? as their way of bowing out? Which will have Implications.)
And I know there will be a mysterious owl. Perhaps I should have its arrival earlier and get things moving, three going on and two staying behind. (Let's hear it for revision!)