Mothers and daughters always have this bond that makes them close. They share special moments that only they can understand with each other . Like best friends almost. They accept each other for the person they are. They even lean on each other when one is having a hard time.
However sometimes relationships with mothers and daughters are strained to the point where there is no accepting of the other.
In my work in progress novel During the Blue hour my main character Sirena’s relationship with her mother Renee is a strained one . Almost to the point where they are going to war with each other .
This relationship dynamic is very important to my novel’s plot. And so in this 2nd draft I hype it up a little bit more than I did in the first draft.
In the first draft Renee’s relationship with her daughter Sirena was one of unavailability and unreliable. She would just check out sometimes and just a little, I guess absentminded . Simple fact was that she didn’t know what was going on in her daughter’s life because she was in her own little world still consumed with the disappearance of Sirena’s father all the way back when Sirena was 3 years of age. She doesn’t know that (spoiler ) he was killed in the mountains. And just thinks he ran off leaving her to take care of Sirena by herself.
In my current draft Renee still doesn’t know what is going on in her daughters lives . She is not only unavailable and unreliable but also Combative and dismissive towards only Sirena. She is jealous and angry that Sirena was the one to share the very last moments with her husband . And yearns for her husband once more . Like in my other draft she still doesn’t know that he has died .
She tries to not really control Sirena but tries to take away what’s most dear to Sirena. Which is dancing. And send her away to be a gather for the town . Even though Sirena won a scholarship to dance as a dance repute in Stella City.
This causes a lot of friction and conflict between the two.
In the first draft Sirena feels hurt and devastated because (spolier ) at the end of the novel Sirena’s mother dies at the hands of the antagonist and finds out right before she dies that Sirena is a werewolf. I try to show At that very moment her mother coming to some sort of clarity and realization about what and who her daughter is. She doesn’t have time to accept or deny her daughter in that peril moment of danger.
In an earlier draft one of the first drafts. A 20 min screenplay. ( I talk about it in podcast 1 ) She found out through a letter written by Sirena at the end of film that her daughter was in fact a werewolf . However , I leave it up to the audience whether or not she always knew or not but she does in a way accept and come to understand who her daughter really is.
In this current draft I don’t know what I’m going to do. If I want her to know both her daughters are werewolves or not?. Or whether or not she will accept or deny them? Currently she is denying Sirena because of an unwarranted reason. But the main question remains in this current draft. Will she come to accept and finally understand her daughter? That is my ultimate goal in order to piece together their relationship dynamic.
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