One of them was supposed to have her own apartment. Not anymore! The other was supposed to work in a bar - that's gonna have to go. And so on and so on.
But it's worth doing and I know in my heart that this page-one rewrite is going to pay off. Because writing the initial couple of drafts, it seemed forced. I was always trying to think of things for the characters to do, and one of them in particular never seemed to convince me as a real person.
Making them younger is going to solve a lot of that. Things that were too simple for a twentysomething to deal with will be challenging for a 17-year-old. And challenging is what we all want for our characters - make them suffer!
Sometimes you have to chuck a lot of what you've written out and start again. And it's time to take a deep breath, take a big gulp of coffee, and start cutting....