The Gerald character discussions is still going on here: http://community.livejournal.com/scenebyscene/29127.html
So... Charity. She's a "19 year old drifter and a high school drop out. Due to hard life, she wound up mixed up with the wrong crowd and abused alcohol and drugs. She's the person responsible for the hit and run, drunk driving accident."
What kind of hard life did she have? Abused by parents? Or just a rich brat who decided that life was "hard"? (That may explain why she's a drifter with an apartment.) Or did she only drift until she landed in where ever this screenplay takes place? (I was assuming semi-large city in the south west?)
What does she do for money? Steal? Sell crocheted hats on street corners? Just bum drugs off her BF?
Is she smart? Dropped out of HS because she thought it sucked or because it was too hard?
Are her parents still alive? Did she ever love them? Did she used to live in an upscale area or the slums?
Does the wrong crowd she hangs around with drift with her? Or does she just find druggies where ever she goes?
How does she feel about life? What were her goals? Does she still have them? What did she want to be when she grew up?
Can you think of anymore questions? And more ideas about what makes Charity tick?
Personally, I like to think of her as a girl who thought she had it bad and just wanted to not be tied down anymore. Probably with a single mother who's reformed in some way... hence naming her child Charity. So... Charity starts partying early in HS, gateway drugs and what not, can't pay for the hard stuff, has to resort to sexual favors to get her fix, hates her mother for constant nagging and then leaves home. Probably got the car by blowing the local junk yard worker.
Or, you know, she could have had a well meaning mother who got beat constantly by her drunk husband, who wasn't Charity's real father and she finally scraped together enough money to buy an old car and flee home. Having no other money, and no HS deploma, it was difficult for her to aquire any income, so she had to turn to the streets, sleeping on park benches until some junkies found her and let her stay at their place and coerced her into doing drugs. And then she was hooked.
What do you think?