What do you do if your best friend went missing back when you were in high school and years later after you have moved on with your life, suddenly they are back, alive, young, and confused. Or are they alive? There has to be a reason they haven’t aged after all, doesn’t there?
This one I have used. I absolutely love the concept and it fit perfectly with the series I am currently working on.
In my story Death Shifter, one of my main characters, Dalton Hunter, is dealing with all sorts of things in his life due to his own bad choices. He’s home for the first time in over two years and his wife is not very happy with the stunt he pulled no matter how good he thinks his reasons were. Things just seemed to be going from bad to worse.
That’s when he’s best friend from high school, Grant, shows up on his front lawn. Dalton doesn’t know what’s going on and Grant can’t remember anything in the last decade plus. Conrad, Dalton’s current best friend whom he met while in college, is jealous of Grant and now Dalton has to deal with not only his own precarious situation, but also help Grant.
Not only that, but there is something wrong with Grant. Dalton doesn’t see it because he doesn’t want to see it, but Conrad does and he has to be careful how he approaches the situation lest his concerns be dismissed as the jealousy he really does have.
It’s kind of a mess, but it’s fun for me as the author and hopefully for readers when I finish it. What would you do with this prompt if you wrote a story with it?