I'm not sure I want to be a part of that universe, but the comment does point out the crucial relationship in a story between the protagonist and the antagonist.
Here are the important literary terms related to this subject from about.com:
- Protagonist: the main character or hero in a work of literature.
- Antagonist: the opponent of the main character in a work of literature.
- Foil: a character who serves as a contrast to another perhaps more primary character, so as to point out specific traits of the primary character.
As mentioned in an earlier post, here are some characters I've included in recent flash fiction stories:
- a ninety-year-old retired English teacher who decides to "cull" a neighbor (published)
- a grandmother who tells the story of how she once found a head in her bread dough
- a man arrested for public nudity on St. Patrick's Day
- a sci-fi Adam and Eve story (submitted)
- a family that makes a Saturday high school detention a picnic opportunity
- how insanity and spiders do not mix (published)
- how an Alamo car-rental agent plays Cupid (submitted)
- a gambler who bets his jackpot against a job as a farmhand--and hopes he loses
Sometimes the guy on the horse doesn't wear a white hat or a black hat but a hat of grey--or is it just the way the shadows play beneath the cloud-dappled sky?
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