The more I wrote of Ruby Caves, the less important Jabari became to the central plot. I was focused too much on Dave, whom I’ve also changed. Jabari is one of the main plot points in the book, he has to be in there enough to establish a character, and I realized that wasn’t happening because I didn’t know who he is at the time.
I knew who the Case Family, Dave, Neil (formerly Mark), and Erika were. I even knew who Daniel (the Feral from chapter four and five) was. The major theme of Ruby Caves is acceptance of the consequences of one’s actions and redemption. If Jabari just wants revenge it doesn’t give him either of these things.
Dave, on the other hand, is going to be dropped to a third person character. Having a contrast from third person to first person for a guy doesn’t show up to most of the events doesn’t make sense anymore. He’s also not going to be former military. Most modern heroes had some dark past in the military. Something goes wrong and they wrack themselves with guilt for over a hundred pages. I can’t see Dave like that anymore.
I understand why authors do that, it gives their characters a reason for being able to beat ten men into submission. For the new Dave, he was using underground fighting to fund his college tuition. Nemian is one of the three sisters forming the Morrigan, and the Irish war goddess, as I stress too many times to be healthy.
She is drawn to men of violence of war; but as a goddess she can’t interfere without coming to anyone in dreams or long rituals. Dave has an intrinsic ability to see the supernatural for what they are. This gives her… a friend, and him, a very powerful ally. But more importantly, as she watches him fight, she sees the potential for even greater violence. That potential is what bonds her to him, like moths to light.