I spent some of last week looking for what makes a “happy ever after”. The internet seems to love stories from older couples about how they kept the spark alive, so there were plenty of resources. I couldn’t help thinking, “What makes a couple really work?”
A lightbulb came on for me when I read this from the Huffington Post:
“As one 87-year old told me: ‘Think back to the playground when you were a child. Your spouse should be that other kid you would most like to play with!’”
My hero Hadiz and my heroine Perz don’t share a background – they are from different cultures, are different ages, and heck, they are even different species. But what they love best is doing magic, and that brings out a child-like joy in both of them. He’s got fine technical skills, and she’s got the power. Together, they play well together, and with that extra magic spark of love, the Happy Ever After is in their reach – if they can just prevent their peoples from killing each other first.
There are many roads to Oz, and a complementary skill set is just one. How do your hero and heroine complement each other? How do you show the reader that these two people have a real chance together?