Conflict requires sustained opposition, which means conflict between two characters comes from a sustained relationship. For example:
- A specific fight with a shark is not conflict; it's a confrontation.
- However, a sustained hunt over hours, days, or months, in which the shark terrorises locals while hunters try to catch it—that's conflict.
Notice that the characters don't need to know each other personally to have a relationship. They could be complete strangers, or know each other only by reputation—the conflict alone can bind them into a relationship.