I’ve paired off the main characters so I may write their origin stories. Siobhan and Dhoul, Duffy and Saehe, Eoghan and Elsie, Beatrice and Carn.
Conventional wisdom suggests newbies limit their short stories to two characters. I just got lucky my characters paired off so easily. It is also widely accepted, the inciting incident should be on the first page of a short story, better if you can get it in the first paragraph. How about the first sentence?
“Siobhan.” said the Archdruid. “We need to have a talk about your dragon.”