I’m working on a prequel to my short story “Tim and Sara,” featuring a character from “The Kindness of Strangers” who seems to be popping up more and more in my stuff. Sara lives with her twin brother, Levi. She’s bipolar, schizophrenic, or just completely crazy, but very manipulative too. In this scene, she’s told her brother she wants to get a job.
“No,” Levi says with no thought, no hesitation.
“Please?” She gives him her puppy dog face, with big eyes and pouting lips. “You know I can behave if I want to.”
This is news to him. “So your entire life, you’ve been a pain in the ass because you wanted to?”
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