We miss you, but you die for the better good of our word counts and stories.
Now, on to this years tribute. WARNING: For those of you who are yet to read my novel When There's No Tomorrow and do not want a major character death ruined for you, SPOILER ALERT FOR THE REST OF THE POST!!
This 'Redshirt' has a name, but she doesn't get a single line in the story, or at least no verbal lines. Her name is Gul, and she's a child whose life has been destroyed by war, her voice stolen from her by injury.
I didn't want to kill this character, though from the very beginning of the story I knew I would. Her death gave my main character the reason to act, the push to change the way things were. Every book needs these moments, and unfortunately Gul's death had to be that ugly act of war to get the story rolling.
EXCERPT: (this happens just after Gul takes a bullet meant for my main character)
To the beautiful little spark of light in a world cast in shadow: Gul, forever, you shall be remembered.