I am writing a short story at the moment that will revolve around a static setting, with two primary characters - one who is leading the other to a personal epiphany through a retelling of their (the first character's) life story. My concern at the moment is that the scenes within the story are quite flat (lots of drinking, fidgeting, etc). The characters are starting to really develop some depth but I am afraid that the reader will not bother with the story to find this out for themselves if nothing is really happening. I can see three of ways that this could be handled; lots of "hooks" to keep the reader guessing, strong active language (to give the illusion of activity) or recollections by the first character that involve a lot of action themselves. What is your opinion on the best form for such a story? Are there any good examples? Apologies if my question is not quite clear, I have written it down in the first few minutes of quiet that I have found all evening.