What I'm discovering is there is more to be added before I get to these emotions. As there should be! My word count is pitiful and my muse has been fickle. It's been a hard thing to remember that writing while uninspired will still result in building blocks created. I've forced myself to write and discovered some scenes to bridge the gap.
Padding a scene is one thing, but there's only so much padding that can be done when emotions jump. There is still a big, missing chunk. How do the hero and heroine get from grief to anger? I've really had to think about how the emotions would transition. Imagine you've been reunited with someone you've loved and lost. How much emotion would you suppress after the initial relief? Would you walk on eggshells for a while? Would you try to maintain a status quo? Is there even room for humor and happiness in between the grief and anger?
That's where my hero and heroine are emotionally in the middle phase of the book. Before the plot begins to roll along to solving the big mystery, they need a time out. The danger can't be forgotten, but it needs to be held at bay. (A restraining order literally came to mind!) In the interim, the hero and heroine have an interlude. A brief period of time when they deal with the status quo of their new reality.
It's quite fun, actually, in a dark humor sort of way. The hero is a ghost, so imagine the adjustment for the heroine. Does she have a need to treat him like he's real? Does she hold the door open? Does she cringe if someone sits where he's sitting? Does she have to tell him to 'shut up' when he's interrupting her conversations with 'real' people? How does a 'real' person react and how does she cover? (This gets tricky!) It's an opportunity for humorous situations but with tension of both internal and external conflicts lingering. What would she do to maintain the status quo of this new reality?
So, I have a big chunk of middle transition. Then, the status quo is shattered.
Do you have a status quo in your middle? Have you tried to rush things?