Sorry for the cheesy title. I couldn't help it, though I should have. My last post was in 2009. My situation is this: I have two characters that have to undergo parallel experiences. I have a situation worked out for the one, but I cannot think of a parallel situation for the other character. They live in different time periods set hundreds of years apart (one in the middle ages) and one in the 21st century. So obviously things need to be adjusted with keeping the times in mind. One character, a secondary character (in that the story doesn't revolve around him) whose experiences the main character's parallel is met with a dilemma. He is an agent of sorts and is assigned to infiltrate another enemy's ranks. He does this and is obligated to call an attack when things are ready. In the process he fell in love with a daughter of an enemy officer, though. Due to circumstances he had to call an attack. Because of various reasons which are too many to describe he decides to make a run with her and leave them all behind. But they are pursued, and the girl is killed. He is unable to save her, but he survives after fending off the pursuers. The backstory of the protagonist, who the story should really be about: He moves to a new city with his father, an only child. He enrolls in the high school and makes friends, &c. &c. There comes a point at which his experiences has to parallel the final tragedy of the agent aforementioned. But it can not be military - it has to revolve around everyday things, i.e. a terminal illness of a girl he grows close to perchance (though there aren't exactly 'enemies' to defeat); but nothing like loan sharks, mafia, etc. One in which the situation is preventable but seemingly fateful (other than, but not unlike, a car accident). I'm truly stuck here. Any ideas might get me going. It helps to at least write this down. This is the last thing I need to get this story going. Thanks, as always.