Magic realism does not apply just because Dave can see them. It only applies when the entire world is in on the joke. Like if UFOs were to exists and everyone believed (and/or accept) them to be a part of everyday life. In the world of Ruby Caves the government and a few select, quieted, citizens knows about the existence of mythological creatures and alien life. Not everyone knows nor accepts their existence. As of yet I have not really involved gods into my stories.
I have the same problem with Death. My views on him:
- He can never be killed, or die.
- He wanders the earth and watches human life with great interests.
- He is generally a non-corporeal entity but can take human form and live among us whenever he so chooses. Mostly to get food, fruity cocktails, and sex...
- He forms no close bonds with humans because overall, many of them can't see him until the last minute of their life.
- Kind to the dead, even bad people, because he is simply a guide- he does not choose where they go.
Those are basic archetypes with his character. Where can a being that powerful fit in to a story mostly filled with humans and hairy monsters? As much as I love the concept of the Grim Reaper, I have to be smart about not overpowering too many characters. He will always be an advisor and will occasionally, take violence into his own hands. I mean in Vodka Men he started a new pandemic. Note: Vodka Men is obviously not in the same universe as Ruby Caves. Note Two: We may be in trouble due to bacteria which can fight off even last-resort antibiotics.
To summarize, major players originally in Ruby Caves have been removed because the plot is being simplified. I know I say that a lot, but what I mean is my storyline. Some characters just have to be removed to keep a crisp plot. For Morrigan and Death to be in there they need ulterior motives which will make everything bloated. This incarnation of Dave does not need them, and while it was fun, my story does not need them.