The kid in this character bank is absolutely in a bad situation. He got a disease that at the time didn’t have a cure. Instead of living out his life, presumably dying with it in relatively soon period of time, he was given another option and he took it.
We don’t know exactly how old he is, but the implication is that he’s a minor. Absolutely eighteen- and nineteen-year-olds are teenagers, but when someone uses teenager with something like this, they usually are trying to imply that the person is a kid, so I’m going to go with the age of seventeen for this kid.
Imagine being seventeen and being given this choice. You take it and the next thing you know you are cured and you are going to be able to live a normal life. Well, not quite.
You can’t claim he will ever live a normal life. It was the blink of an eye for him, but for everyone around him, seventeen years have passed. We don’t know if anyone he knew is even still around. The parents of a seventeen-year-old are probably still around, but where they might have been in their thirties, forties, or fifties before, they are not upper fifties at the youngest, maybe as old as in their seventies. Their time might be drawing short.
Siblings are probably still around if he has any, but while they might have also been in their teens before, they are now in their thirties. A newborn sibling is now getting ready to graduate high school. An adult sibling might have a kid who is physically only a year or two younger than this boy is or if they were already born, older. If this teen was a younger teen, this gets an even bigger gap since more than half his life was spent in stasis.
Things are definitely going to be different and I only described a couple of ways. What’s the first way that things will be different that comes to your mind?