What are some things that you have received or can imagine receiving that would change your life? Something like advice, or a memorabilia item (that reminds you of something every day), or a new idea - i don't know! I am writing a story where the secondary character never strays far from the protagonist's heart. In the beginning, the two have a quick dalliance which the two see the depth of their bond, but for different reasons the secondary character leaves out of fear -- though it will not seem that way immediately to reader and protagonist. There is a period of physical distance between them -- a sense of abandonment -- followed by jealousy, callousness and resentment when the story brings them in proximity again. My idea behind this is that a 'gift' -- for lack of a better word -- is a catalyst for the protagonist's change, and a constant reminder or ultimate reminder of the bond the have in the beginning and how it's ultimately worth coming back to in spite of the in between nastiness. Here's a bad example: Char2 gives Struggling Writer a pen. Pen becomes a reminder to write every day. SW writes every day and eventually publishes a book. Pen, though a mundane object, holds a lot of meaning to SW and attributes positive life change to Char2.