A wild cherry grew in the lilac.
And it wanted to stay in the lilac.
So, when I was sent in to disentangle one from the other, contortions were required. Torturous contortions with vile words attached.
Extracting a usable Cozy character from the vast and tangled backstory he inhabits in my brain is just as painful. Yanking and pulling, chopping and hacking are all required, but all must be done for the good of the tale.
Bottom line: Let the wild cherry grow in the lilac, but you must not let it stay.