I did it. Finally. Thanks to my hubby, who provided an excellent sounding board for my brainstorming session (especially considering that he hasn't read SHADOWING FATE yet, or maybe because he hasn't read it...), I know how to kill what doesn't exist.
I can finish the book.
My fellow writers will understand the weight that is lifted off my shoulders now. =)
Off to set up my characters for a chilling death scene and a twist that has ramifications for the entire series...