NO ONE is safe guys ONLY Sammie knows which characters are going to kick it, and even then she knows it can change haha.
When Dan and I's friendship broke apart back-in-the-day I had to re-write the entire story-- and change his character. Thus the flashback.
The flashback was a cobbled together version of how I would have liked the story to be from start to finish--however I felt there would be fire and pitchforks if I were to just remove the entire beginning before the flashback like it never happened. So I wasn't sure how to go about it--also I wanted Dan's 'removal' to be a part of the plot and not just some throwaway thing because I know some readers liked the character. I don't like just 'killing off' characters unless it furthers the plot somewhat. If I could 'do it all over' the TZH story would be a lot tighter and a lot different, but, I didn't want to be sucked into the 're write until its perfect' purgatory.
I don't know if that made ANY sense I haven't had my morning shot of caffeine!