Hello! I have this arc in a story of mine that I've never been sure how to handle. I can't find any other media that shows a situation like this (at least that is not a 'making characters be together so they fall in love with bad excuses' bad fanfiction) and I feel kind of lost. Could you give me a hand, maybe? The situation is that character A is a loyal and happy worker meanwhile character B is your typical edgy rebel to the system, even if they have a good reputation because of his origin. One day, when A tries to 'scold' B on his attitude, B replies to A saying their employeers are actually evil, that both of them and their kind are nothing but tools and furthermore: B states he will fight back and kill if necessary. Of course, A, being a loyal worker as he is, is horrorified. However, A still considers B is just wrong but not evil, so he develops a concern and paranoia for B's future. Scared that B could actually get crushed because of his beliefs and behavior. But before A has time to do anything, B's words are proven to be true and A, not wanting to die, although with regrets, escapes from their employeers. He seeks for B's help, who harshly denies it to him, not wanting to baby A. A then follows B, trying to convince him and asking sorry for his prejudge, which B finds only annoying (or so is implied, he is not the most easy to read). B tries to get rid of A with the help of a character C (who is in a position of power over B), who actually sees something in A and makes B forcefully take care of A not getting into trouble, although won't reveal his intentions. After this B still wants to keep distances and acts hateful towards A. B does not want to get any closer, meanwhile A acts aimable but frustrated. Okay, that said, the problem is this: I am scared the relationship between A and B could feel too parasitic or unconfortable, because of A insisting on getting B's help even if B obviously does not want to help him. It's very important since it is the first act and character A has to be the one the readers emphatize with the most, and at same time they should not hate B. Also I don't want their 'forced convivence' to be too monotone with a continuous 'Fail to get along' gag being repeated. This convivence does not take TOO long but its a considerable amount of time that could drag on and make the characters' traits be interpreted in the worst way (like: 'A is a parasitic coward' or 'B is a square-minded asshole'). I want to take advantage of this situation. Besides, further in the story they are supposed to become close, but under circunstances that do not affect this first arc. Those being that B and A were friends long ago but A's memories were deleted, so B decided to close himself (in case you consider I could leave an hint at this). A possible solution of mine is that during this convivence, A's attitude towards the situation reveals a nice trait of him that can make the reader emphatize, like being quite adaptable or considerate towards B (whereas B expected him to coward?) or loving with the relatives he has left behind, although those are just ideas. Although I don't want to glorify A too much because I want him to grow during the story. The tone of the story is not too serious or realistic, but I want the characters to be psychologically coherent. I intend it to be 'taken easy', even if it becomes dramatic later. Did I explain enough? Or should I be more specific on the context? Thanks! Also excuse my gramatic, I am not an english speaker! My co-author is.