First of all, thank you all so much for your responses, and your kind comments. I really appreciate it.
I'm glad I went through the process of deciding how far to push this thing. It made me really think out my story options. and in the process of this, I figured out the dynamic that was holding me back.
So, without giving away how things are going to turn out, I don't think anyone has anything to worry about me holding back.
Thank you again for your comments, they really helped me out.