“This came for you,” my mom said. The letter was from my step-sister. It arrived a few days after my father got our address. I hadn’t seen N. in months.
The letter wasn’t very long, and I remember only one sentence. How could you leave me in this house with her?
My 13-year-old step-sister talked back to grown ups, beat me up regularly, smoked, and kissed boys. I’d thought she could take care of herself. I’d thought she’d be happy I was gone.
Some characters you think are strong. You think they can face anything, but even the toughest has to have a weakness. I don’t want predictable characters but they can’t be unbelievable. Characters should surprise the reader and the writer but not ruin the story.
What characters have surprised you?