Hello all, I'm writing a one-act-play and I wrote a scene where the protagonist goes to a fortune teller. The problem is, I'm not happy with the scene or how the fortune teller's role is played. I turned the fortune teller into a male, which was an uncomfortable surprise for the protagonist, but it could still be a woman. The point is I'd like to veer from the cliche. I was thinking of going one step further and making the fortune teller show his true personality - i.e. that he's a bit of a phony, but that ends up giving some good advice - like he's 'off duty' or finished his 'shift'. The protagonist is trying to discover if he's dying, and finally, even with a satisfactory answer (ambiguous and easily misinterpreted) asks if there is some kind of trinket to ward off death (effectively ignoring the veiled message that he's probably not going to die from what he thinks). So il bullet form, I'd like the community to help me with the following: - Tell the protagonist he's probably not dying, but with the possibility of interpreting the message in his own way. - Give him a trinket to ward off death - ("I'll give you what I give all my clients" sounds funny and phony but honest) - Hint at a love interest that he's blind to. - Offer a form of fortune telling by a person that's not ordinary but not a stretch of the imagination of a regular audience. Thank you! Foxe PS, it appears this month is my one year anniversary on the website!