I don't think it's natural to feel such...well...glee at torturing my characters. I'm pretty sure it's a bad sign. It's not that I don't like poor old Max, it's just that he lends himself so well to dealing with my wrath. Sorry, Max. I'll do my best to give you a happy ending, but I'm leaning towards doing something very terrible.
I'm so glad I'm the writer in this situation.