Hi, all. As you can see, I'm relatively new to the forum. This is kind of a question that could pertain to both character development and plotting, but I guess I will put it here. I want to develop the relationship between a high school girl (but already 18!) and her sixty-something boss without it being too squicky, cliche, or unbelievable. Anyway, a little background info: My girl, Flora: She's kind of a spoiled/princessy type and is quite popular. She's also the "beta" female/sidekick to the alpha girl in her clique (if you've seen Mean Girls for example, she's basically Gretchen). She has a boyfriend, but often feels lonely because no one really knows the "real" her. Her parents are usually busy and generally don't pay much attention to her. Anyway, she ends up getting a job volunteering with a political campaign to boost her college resume stuff and meets the candidate, John Johnston (who is widely considered a "silver fox.") At first, she has just a crush on him, but soon realizes he's kind of a jerk. Later on, however, they have some conversations and she finds that he actually takes the time to really listen to her/get to know her, which leads to her having deeper feelings for him. Of course, her friends start finding this worrisome, and she herself starts feeling kind of weird about the whole thing too. So, I've got her whole side of it pretty much covered, but Johnston's a little bit more of an issue. What's going on in his mind? Should he recirpricate her feelings? I know I'm kind of treading on some potentially controversial territory here (even though she's of age and all), but I don't want it to be one of those cliche "I don't like you that way but someday you will find someone else" situations. I don't know, I just think the whole thing should be deeper than that. And it's definitely a more spiritual/social connection than a physical one. What do you think? Any idea of how to go about this without it being too...weird?