What’s the Relationship?

What’s the relationship between these two characters? Most people would say a grandfather and grandchild, but I’m imagining a great-grandfather with his great-grandchild. In my YA mystery, my main character’s great-grandfather is a major influence within her dad’s family. Another character was raised by his great-grandfather until he was eight years old.

I only met one of my great-grandparents, my paternal grandmother’s mom, and don’t remember much about her, except for a visit when I was preschooler. Grandma Irene had had part of an arm amputated almost forty years before when a drunk driver hit her while she walked to church. I remember asking her how she lost it.

So it’s been enjoyable exploring this relationship in my fiction. I wonder if having great-grandchildren gives you a new connection to your own childhood. What do you imagine this great-grandfather and grandchild are discussing as they walk?

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What’s the Relationship?

My theme for February is love and friendship. So what’s the relationship between the four characters in this photo? Yes, I think the horses are characters. Here’s where my inspiration took me:

“You can pet them.” I held out my hand and patted Bailey on the forelock.

My cousin didn’t move, like he’d become part of the rock we were sitting on. “I don’t want to.”

I gritted my teeth. I’d showed Aiden everything, absolutely everything, he could do on the farm, and he didn’t want to do anything. But Mom said I had to be nice.

“They won’t bite.” I bet all city kids think horses bite.

Aiden slid off the rock and ran back toward the house.

“And he’s gonna be here all summer,” I told Bailey and his mom, Smudge. “What am I supposed to do with him?”

From here, I can take the story two directions. Which do you prefer?

Smudge tossed her head like she didn’t know either while Bailey nuzzled me.

or

“Well, if you let us say something to him,” said Smudge, “maybe we could help.”

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