So in my first draft of this scene, Miller approaches Julian first. It was working out fine, except Miller doesn’t actually know where Julian is beforehand, so it didn’t make sense to talk to him first.

But any time Miller approached Melissa first, which he would because he knows Melissa is the one who came up with the plan to meet at the fort and Leon, Felix, and Ellie aren’t worth his time right now, Melissa did this. So there was really no avoiding Miller getting punched in the face.

Maybe I’ll post the original draft in some legible format on tumblr sometime. Some bits from the first draft made it to the second, so it’ll probably have to wait until after those pages go up.