Problem: My protagonist's honorable-yet-domineering father has a habit of vanishing for chapters at a stretch. Supposedly, he's still around, but he doesn't appear in any of the scenes.
Second Problem: The current draft includes a number of scenes with too little tension. Important information is being conveyed, but there's no emotional edge to it.
Now that I'm revising, I've decided to use one problem to solve the other. I'll simply let Mikaena's father show up during the low-tension conversations. That ought to inject a nifty bit of drama.