With the professional novels continuing the practice of killing off major characters, I have been wondering just how much of this practice is being done in the fan fic community. Do you ever kill off any of your characters to provoke emotion in the readers, and do you think it was worth it? Were the reader reactions what you expected? Have you ever regretted doing it? Is it possible to have a dramatic or dark story without resorting to killing? Have you ever run out of ideas for a character and resorted to killing them off? What, in your mind, are the right and wrong reasons for eliminating a character?