Last week we discussed the childhood bully. Now, it is time to discuss the childhood best friend.
Oddly enough, my childhood best friend became best friends with the bully and sort of dumped me. (I'm telling you, elementary school was bad.) I ran into my best friend again, though, in middle school, and then we happened to live in the same dorm in college. We're friends on Facebook. She showed my freshman year roommate photos of us playing in her yard back in kindergarten. I haven't seen her since, but she would always come back after a while--and maybe she will again.
So repeating last week's exercise--where is your protagonist's childhood best friend? They can spice things up. Maybe they are the enemy, a la Elphaba and Glinda. Maybe they're nothing. But try to dive into you character's past for a little while longer. Whatever happened to their childhood best friend?