I need to get comfortable with this Dino character. What is he now? Young, long curly hair, big eyes, tall, lanky – okay, the other ideas: Dino lives in the city, is from the city, but doesn’t have family to stay with.
Maybe to get comfortable with Dino, I just have to think of him like a traveller. He’s just a guy checking out the world. Grew up in Mexico, maybe in a suburb. His family was, or is, well-off. They sent him to university and he got a biology degree. At the end of it he was primed to do something crazy, like anyone would be. And the craziest thing he could think of was leave the country (more importantly, the family). He left with Tess. Nobody wanted him to leave, especially not with Tess, but he was like, “hey, I’ll be back in six months.”
He’s like me – isn’t really into the back-packing thing. Instead, he wants to live in a far away city, really check it out. And all this mental-reminiscing is happening while he’s up the tree. Maybe it’s five months in, and he’s worn out. That enthusiasm from the beginning of the summer is long gone. He feels like he’s a different person. Someone jaded, someone dark, someone alone in the world.