I'm just curious, because my MC will be connecting with a few people in her organization who will become her close group of friends, some of whom will die and she will be close enough to them to mourn their passing... and I was wondering how to make characters "click"? Obviously in real life you have shared interests with someone, or compatible personalities, or just that je ne sais quoi that draws you to someone inexplicably, but how do you convey that in your story? Especially in a war-torn, medieval-style fantasy setting (cliche, I know, don't hate me) where people can't really talk about the latest movie they saw, or how they have a pocket lint collecting hobby or something. How can I show the connection between two characters who have that connection, even if I don't understand it? Even when the characters themselves may not understand it? How do you convey a mutual respect? Do you show your MC's thoughts on the other character, and how they feel about them? If there was a catalyst event that drew them together, do you only need to show that scene and expect the reader to make the connection that they're friends now, or do you need to have an explaining... part (my vocabulary is failing me right now...) when in 3rd person omniscient that sort of describes how their friendship grew because so-and-so saved blah-blah from drowning, or helped them accomplish one of their goals, or something? Sorry this is long and rambling, but I've been dwelling on it. I've gone back to my old writings from years ago and found myself utterly unmoved by the relationships between my characters - even my MC's romantic interest! - because they seemed so utterly shallow. I kept thinking to myself, "well yes, they're friends, but what do they do together? What do they talk about? How do they spend their time in each others' company when they're not killing such-and-such-evil-monsters-from-the-evilest-place together?" Any input anyone has on this would be very much appreciated!