The protagonist in the novel I’m writing is a bit messed up. Lots of reasons, but she is a loner, has issues with trust. She is reasonably sociable and gets attention from people, but she shies away from friendships. All I managed so far is to give her a sort-of friend, an ex Special Forces sniper guy, who becomes sort of an “Arthur” to her “Batman”, Giles to her Buffy, mentor with a purpose kinda guy. She has tender feelings for him and he treats her as a grandfather would. She has no family to speak of, so this was kinda logical. But, I know that “a friend” is a great plot device, and I think the issues with moving forward that I have, might have to do with the absence of more allies. But every time I try to write her some, her overwhelming shyness and distrust, coldness and vulnerability makes it implausible. Has anyone written such a protagonist before? How did you deal with this issue?