Hello there. I'm working on a story about a blue-collar town outside of Philadelphia in 1992, and the town's most prominent family. MAYOR JOSEPH O'GRADY is the family patriarch about the age of 60. He has been the mayor for 20 years now (and followed in his father's footsteps). His wife, LINDA, does a great job pulling the strings behind-the-scenes, and fully knows the power of gossip and rumor spreading and all sorts of petty ways to fend off anyone who dare cross their paths. They are staunch blue-collar Catholic Republicans. The local parish is still a source of electoral power and those deemed as good Catholics usually win the election. (However, a young attorney in town is threatening their hold.) And despite their power plays and the many swords they have put in people's backs, the local community still holds them as a pillar (it also helps many owe their jobs to them, too). JANET is Linda's cousin. However, they were essentially raised together like sisters. Despite that, they are opposites in every way. Janet even left the town for a few years to follow the Grateful Dead. She's politically liberal, is a token Catholic. And she and Linda have detested each other for years and constantly embattled in their own family power struggle that manifests itself in things like "No, you'll bring the chocolate cake to dinner" types of squabbles. JASON is Janet's 19-year-old son, and a sophomore at a nearby state college. He's bookish and nerdy and has recently come to accept himself as a homosexual. He agrees largely with his mom's politics. However, he was also very close with his Aunt and Uncle. They never had children of their own and treated him like a son. And he also got to see the fruits of their power, especially after the Mayor banged on a bunch of desks to get him a scholarship to school. PLOT TWIST 1: Jason has come out to his very accepting mother. She told one trusted family member who then brought this information to The Mayor and Linda. The next time they see Jason (at a family function), Linda pulls Jason aside and lets him have it. Our family name is more important. If people know about this, you'll ruin your uncle's career. You'll ruin what we have. You might lose your scholarship. You're lucky I don't drag you by your ear to Monsignor Brennan right now so he can put sense into you. Unlike that mother of yours. Janet intervenes. How dare you say that to my son, Linda. Janet and Jason leave, with Linda saying "Of course you'll realize I'm right." PLOT TWIST 2: It's two weeks later. Jason's at school, depressed over this whole situation. He sees a newspaper story about his uncle's campaign. He is about to call his mom but stops. He gets in his car and drives to The Mayor's house. Mayor O'Grady and Aunt Linda are shocked to see him. He says he needs to talk to them. They bring him to their den. He gulps. He says he knows how wrong he's been. He knows the family name and status is more important than his feelings. He won't act on these impulses and promises he'll stay good. He'll dedicate all his time to helping his Uncle get reelected. And he also tells Aunt Linda that he realizes she was right. He should have come to her first with these feelings so she could set him straight. Unlike that mother of his. Please, I'm so sorry for any trouble I've caused, how can I make this up to you? HELP NEEDED: After Jason's shocking remarks, what do Aunt Linda and Mayor O'Grady say? How do they react physically? On top of the town politics, there's also the interpersonal dynamic. They have taken their nephew out from under Janet's watch. He's chosen to serve their power and live under their thumb. He's willing to repress himself and betray his mother because he knows he benefits from their rule. And after he leaves their presence, what do they say to each other then? Obviously this might be slightly different. I'm at a real loss in this part of the story. Thanks!