A few days ago I was doing the dishes, and the TV was on. There was a man who was telling his sad story, of how he was abandoned by his natural mother and spent half his life looking for her. Then, when he finally knew where she was, he thought that meeting her would fill in the aching hole he had in his heart ever since he knew he was adopted. The man then said he was disappointed because the woman was not his mother, but a stranger. He said: "I spent all my life looking for something I already had". But unfortunately, his foster mother had died years before and the moment he realized she was his REAL mother, it was too late to tell her. __________________________________ This story was so touching to me, cause it's pretty close to what I write about (difficult family situations, wasted time, expectations). I'm wondering if it would be unethical to build a plot over it. Would I be stealing if I did?