Just yesterday a new character for this current zygote of a project appeared. So far the synopsis is this; The setting is a small Midwestern town set in modern times. The central character is quirky elderly Agnes Harper, an 82-year-old widow who has an ongoing feud with her neighbor and fellow octogenarian, Harvey Dilwood. In an attempt to make peace, Agnes leaves a piacular offering on Harvey's porch, which he mistakes for a bomb. The police are called, and pandemonium ensues.
In this early scene, I introduce the neighborhood. Agnes's only relative is her grandniece, Amy Murphy. Amy is 23, single and a reporter for the small town's weekly newspaper which usually contains no more than the weather forecast and the high school basketball team's scores. Amy's lonely and bored with her life. She'd give her left kidney for an interesting story idea, and then the emergency vehicles fly down her street headed for Harvey's house, and Amy, still in her robe and slippers, grabs her reporter's notebook and runs to Harvey's house, where the police have set up a blockade and are about to send a second-hand Army robot in to investigate the strange package.
The characters, one by one, are starting to flesh out ever so slowly. Harvey's a paranoid old Korean War veteran who sees terrorists around every corner. He's estranged from his grown son and, like Agnes, widowed. To further fuel the bad blood between Agnes and Harvey, Harvey was once Agnes's husband's business partner (HarWood Autoshop). Before Mr. Harper's death, there was a misunderstanding and the old friendship/partnership crumbles, never to be repaired.
Worthy of mentioning is Agnes's kleptomaniac tabby, William. He's let out to prowl the neighborhood every night and returns every morning with some newfound trinket--a button, a shoelace, a key fob, etc. It doesn't occur to Agnes that the owners of these items might want them back, so she just tosses them into a basket and later decides to use them as embellishments for a crazy quilt.
William the cat--and the quilt--become catalysts for change, affecting the lives of Agnes's neighbors in positive ways.
If this story idea interests you, I'd sure like some feedback! My historical fiction stories don't necessarily have happy endings, and I thought it'd be a nice change of pace for me to attempt a lighthearted foray into contemporary life with a hint of fantasy and humor.