- it shows the landscape, the condition of the world before the heroes come along and save the day,
- it shows how the heroes interact with each other and develops their relationship further,
- it has a really good death scene in it,
- umm... I spent days writing and perfecting it?
So I conducted an experiment:
- I cut the chapter out completely,
- I removed one sentence from the chapter before,
- I read the chapters before and after the one that was removed.
I couldn't tell that the original chapter had ever existed. There was no gap in the plot, the story-line moved smoothly forward.
All that work. All that fun imagining the entire valley and the fire and the dead man and how he died and how he was discovered.
None of it was needed.
So it's gone.
I'm hoping I write another story sometime that needs a scene just like that one, so all that beautiful description can find a home.