[The Story] Their Shared Password

When Trishna and John meet for the first time, after years spent chatting online and over the phone, how do they recognize each other? It might be easier for Trishna because of certain events during the conclusion of Adolescence Arc “The Story,” but how about for John? Who is this girl that appeared through unforeseen circumstances? Is she really the person he’d been chatting with all these years? And, how can Trishna be so sure?

Spoilers?: Minor (idle character/plot brainstorming)

Having a shared password would be born out of necessity.

John grew up in several rough neighborhoods so his sense of personal security is limited. He couldn’t, for example, leave some website logged in or something out in any of his foster homes out of either fear or actual threats of theft or property damage. Toward the end of the Adolescence Arc, will receive a laptop from his mentor, Mr. Ebersole, which he will need to guard extensively.

Trishna has it easy by comparison.

John probably will not be overly studied in security concepts, but at some point, figures out the need for some basic security – if you will – in a mutually-stated phrase to ensure Trishna that some punk kid hasn’t jumped onto John’s account somewhere and started spewing nonsense. I don’t know if this will come up. However, it makes sense that it’s a possible plot point. Anything other than your routine introductions of hello, hi, and howdy isn’t typical, so it might make sense to have some sort of event – the only problem is executing that event in a way that isn’t as contrived as me merely thinking it up now and arbitrarily placing it somewhere.

To some extent, this is how I’m writing “The Story.”

I’m doing the same process with “The Story’s” Sammohini Arc except in an external environment. As I’m writing about these characters in certain situations, I’m learning about them. Sammohini and Jane first started out as blank slate characters, literally picked because “Sam” is an androgynous name and Jane is generic, but they’ve grown and developed. I consider character development to be like meeting new people. Some people will give you their 5-minute bios, and I’ve heard a few, but most won’t. They won’t tell you about how they’re living in debt like Jane or how insecure they are in their careers like Sammohini, but if you spend enough time with them, they’ll whisper it when no one else is around.

I imagine the event necessitating this password will also be whispered.

The scene that popped into my head that inspired this essay was directly after “The Scene,” when John wakes up to Trishna by his side, listening to his heartbeat and keeping him warm through his possible hypothermia but more likely just mild cold. As he awakes to this person he’s never met, but met thousands of times, I don’t know what they say, but I know that Trishna will be happy to see that he’s responsive.

They might say “Polly…?” “Anna!”

Quotes: None.
Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.
Inspirations: This essay will publish a few weeks after I’ve published this: I’m working with a professional writer to flesh out “The Story,” including developing the characters and the plot. These essays have been my way of articulating that in language I understand. I will be writing a more formal plot summary document soon. It’ll be interesting to see how that dialogue permeates and helps to develop these characters and their story.
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Picture: Generic picture to save time.
Written On: October 18th [45 minutes]
Last Edited: No additional edits.
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