And now for something a bit more happier than the last thread I posted here about a psycho named Arlisha. Anyway, this concerns a scene in the first book of my Colonial Detective series. The protagonist, Amos Garnier (who's a blind French orphan, remember. Living in a largely loyalist town.) has been found lying on the side of the road unconsious, bruised, and beaten. Although Amos isn't consious of it while happening, a carriage goes by him when suddenly, it stops because a man by the name of Mister Howard Parrish literally jumps out and runs to the boy. Now, at first I assumed that this was because Mr. Parrish was a doctor and he's not gonna walk by a clearly injured person, but the dude's a lawyer. Howard's actions leads me to believe that he wants to have Amos live in the Parrish household instead of the tavern. (of course, this happens over a period of time, spanning a few more books. His initial reaction is to nurse Amos back to health before sending him off to his tavern home.) I'm having trouble explaining that to myself. Why would he do this? Why would he care about some random boy on the streets to the point of letting the boy live under the same roof? I can sense that Mr. Parrish is a key figure in Amos life, someone beyond just a "token nice guy who cares for Amos". He literally becomes Amos' second father-figure. I hesitate to use cliches like he knew Amos' parents or Amos himself. In truth, he doesn't know Amos at all.