I've never had the opportunity to talk with fellow writers about stuff like this, I'm so excited to be able to ask for input... This story is just a skeleton right now. Characters are fully developed, the just need a world. So my MC Jesse is basically the bad guy in the story. She's broke, struggling with opiate addiction, and is living with her brother for almost free. She loves her brother for obvious reasons. However, her brother has hereditary diabetes and recently developed a herniated soon-to-be-ruptured disk in his back, which makes it hard to walk thus worsening diabetes etc. I'm pretty sure that I want the story to start off with her trying to find enough money for him to have surgery. I know that she'll make said money by dealing shitty drugs. Enter the other MC Austin. Him and his (girlfriend? love interest? friend) dabble in some of the drugs she sold him, and they both get sick. Not sure if It would be a cliche for his love interest to die, but something has to happen for Austin to want to seek out Jesse. And that's about where I have it right now. I'm totally stuck on this I think I want Austin to eventually fall for her, but Jesse is gay so it'll never happen. I just need his judgment to be clouded enough for her to be able to take advantage of his wealth in some way. It would be very in character of her to get greedy and try and get far more money than she immediately needs. I know this is a really underdeveloped idea right now, but any ideas are welcome! The setting is realistic, so fiction but not fantasy by any means.