Help! I'm in the first chapter of my story and I think I've written myself into a corner. I have two main characters in a scene where they need to meet for the first time. The first character has been hurt and needs a little bandaging up after having been beaten brutally. The second character finds him in this state and his intention is to help which brings us to them meeting. The problem is that the second character believes he cannot be seen, heard or touched without seizing the first characters senses and destroying his sense of self. This wont happen of course but I don't want to reveal this to the second character until much later. I just want the first character to have a sense that he has met a physical being that isn't just a punch drunk dream. This gives him the drive to return to seek out the second character to confirm he isn't crazy. How do I get across the second characters altruistic intent to help to the first character? whilst the second character is not wanting himself to be seen heard or touched at the same time? I wonder if I haven't over complicated this scene. But this sets up future scenes so I really don't want to let this idea go so easily. Does anyone have any suggestions? Or does this need to be abandoned?