Well... the short answer is YES, it was! Extra character (as much as I loved him) is not required at all. In fact, the ed would much prefer if he was no where near the hero or heroine when they come to the realisation about the future of their love.
So... bye bye love sick secondary character!!
The long answer... she actually thinks my whole Black Moment has problems and wants me to rethink how I'm going to approach this. ARGH - can you hear me screaming from where you are!?
I'm sure if I ever manage to finish and sub this mss, I'll deserve whatever treat I can think of to give myself... cos right now it feels so hard!!!
But I am WOMAN. Hear me ROAR! I will conquer this writing this. And I WILL get published - one day or another !