So, the lovely and effulgent texanfan
said something that might be shaking something loose here...What are the villian's chances of enlisting help? Maybe hooking up with someone he never would if he was thinking straight? Maybe someone with no one's best interests at heart, say someone who wants all of them dead.
I've mentioned "vampire politics" in this thing once or twice before, when the villainess of the piece realized that not!Harry was a vampire and they needed to do something about that.
Clearly, the whole vampires-and-werewolves-in-conflict has been done to the point where it's cliche. I've also made mention of the fact that my villain couple has a possible Romeo-and-Juliet component to it.
Now...she's going to die. This is a given. What if...
What if my Bad Guy is approached by some high mucky-muck in her vampire clan thing, suggesting that perhaps not!Tony actually killed her on purpose as revenge for all the crap they've put him through this week. Someone the Bad Guy wouldn't necessarily trust except he's sick with grief right now and rather pissed that the procedure didn't work so he's a little more susceptible to the implication than he normally would be.
And the high mucky-muck is pissed at not!Tony because...maybe he's upset at not!Tony's refusal to set his company investigating illnesses in the paranormal community. The nanotech is the next big coming thing, could be potentially hugely useful, and not!Tony is all "Nope, not going there, sorry." And once not!Tony's gone, maybe they can put someone more...amenable to a new direction than he was in the Top Spot. It's possible he's infiltrated the Board, if not with actual vampires (because not!Pepper would know, she'd smell that), then with sympathizers.ETA:
Or he's approached by someone in his own pack, which he cut ties with because they were upset with him over marrying a vampire. I think I might like that a little better.
will set up my Final Confrontation.
This will, naturally, entail going back and setting it up properly. Introducing such a character might be a start. Also, not!Tony has blown off a teleconference with the Board already, I could put something there...
Posts like these help me with process. Typing out my thoughts as they occur, fleshing them out a bit before I stick them in the fic doc, this is important stuff, here.