And then it hit me. I had left out 2 critical pieces of information that absolutely had to be included in Part One, so that when they appeared later as central elements in the book (and series) they didn't come out of left field. Certain things can be fun to wip out of the blue but not these two things. They had to be shown in the opening section.
So, I sat down and thought about it for a while. One of the two pieces had an easy fit. It took just a couple of sentences slipped right in. I may fiddle with the scene they've been added to in order to enhance this element a bit, but that's what second drafts are for.
As for the other piece, it turns out the struggle I have been having with one of my POV characters ends up coming to the rescue here. I'd already decided the dreaded Chapter 13 needed to be told in the POV character's own castle rather than her cousin's. What I finally realized was she would be the perfect POV character to use to introduce this critical piece (and I mean cri-ti-cal).
So, the old Chapter 13 is gone completely, replaced tonight by a 3100 word new chapter which makes this element the central event, witnessed intentionally by this POV character.
And now I am very happy with this character's involvement in the story in Part One. She will be much more central to the main action in Parts 2 and 3 of book 1. This new chapter now not only introduces this critical element, but sets the proper stage for one of the main sub plots that runs throughout the series (that being the fate of her ducal lands).
So, now Draft One of Part One of Book One (first draft) is complete at just over 34,000 words.
I hope to make good headway into Part Two this week.