Finally, the bit of info for the crooks pops up. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go back a few posts and follow the progression of the creation of a story.
This one has crooks, and I’ve been a bit lax in giving them a background. Every character needs a background to make their story as solid and the main character/s.
These crooks, I’ve decided, aren’t brothers, not related by blood in any way. They have a stronger family. The family by choice. There’s that word again. This story is about how we choose to choose.
Their family is the father who fostered them (at different times) when the boys were in their teens. Difficult kids, but he brought them into line. And into the family business. Which was crookery. No, it’s not a word. Until now, that is.
The wife died (was the fire an accident? Did she do it herself while in one of her wild, drunken moments? Fodder for another line of depth in the characters). The father then called on his boys to support his enterprises, to become part of the whole. The choices he gave them were tough choices, but he treated them like adults, like real people. They fell for it. Followed him through some scary paths.
And while on the work party, one of the boys got a newspaper and saw the story about the police hunting through an area for a dangerous criminal. Of course, it’s dad, and they know where he’d be going, and what he’d need them to do.
Except they’re under guard, on the way back to prison, and they need to get there before the cops shoot dad. ‘Cos they will. He’s wanted for multiple murders this time.
The boys feel the obligation to rescue the only person who gave them the value of his wisdom. They don’t see that the choices weren’t valid, but will they learn that?
All in all, it’s coming together well. The two main stories, protagonist and antagonist, will demonstrate the differences in how choices are offered, seen, accepted. How one side will ensure growth and commitment, and the other side will be obligation and punishment (exclusion as the threat).
And tomorrow, I’ll go into why the opening para I did earlier won’t be the final say on the opening to the story.
I haven’t done an interview with the crooks yet. Sometimes, it’s hard to do. Not because I don’t know why they are who they have become, but because it’s too easy too see behind the mask.