This is a tale about a boy that learns how to alter living things he touches. Changes take time, don't magically change people in seconds! This is more about people learning to deal with the changes than suddenly changing things second to second, as well as the moral (and sexual and vorish of course :) ) implications of this power. He cannot directly affect himself!
To begin with when he first learns how to use his power he will have difficulty doing much beyond changing color of skin/hair. To do more he'll have to learn anatomy to figure out what to do. Some threads will start later on after he's taken biology at school specifically to use his powers better.
Please please please be consistant! If a thread has a character being kind and sensitive, keep it that way. If he is mean and dangerous in the start of a thread, keep him like that. In the first post I'm deliberately vague about the main character's personality so you can develop him as you like.
Times of changes: Small changes like skin color, small changes to skin or flesh (ie not organs/muscles etc) would change overnight or over a day. Muscles, fat and general disposition of flesh around the body would probably take a day or two to change. Organs maybe 3 days. Bones are tricky, possibly a week, and remember the immune system is in bones too. Could cause problems! Brain is trickiest and may take a lot of training in human biology to affect at all, let alone mess with someone's mind. Glandular stuff would be a lot easier, maybe a couple of weeks.
Any changes to any of these beyond simple stuff (Simple would be changing position of an organ slightly, altering skin texture etc) would double these times and take more knowledge to pull off. Same for growing or shrinking. Note, size change doesn't happen magically. They'd be more hungry to gain in size and starve to shrink. Mistakes with any of his powers could be nasty, but he should be able to fix them, given time (and assuming they live through it!)
Note, ANY living thing can be changed by him, not just people! He could decide to focus on animals, or if he feels that isn't fair to the animals, plants. Plants would be a lot simpler and quicker to work (assume half time) unless he changes them so much they are basically animals anyway! A lot of the time to get something he wants He's likely going to have to do multiple small changes to be sure it works until he really knows what he's doing!
Richard Stokes was a mutant. He didn't know it, the change in his DNA was tiny. Somehow his glandular systems were far more connected to his nervous system and he'd always felt his moods were affected strongly by his thoughts. If he was angry with someone he'd tend to get more so, but being conscious of it he could also calm himself remarkably quickly as well.
That was about the size of it till he turned fifteen years old. On that fateful day his glandular control escalated and his brain began to actually control the cell structures in his skin, interacting with cellular functions and sensing their condition to a very fine degreee. The result was that he started getting 'feelings' of living things that he touched. Almost like knowing if it was sick, healthy, old, young etc. Vague at first, and he sort of thought it was his imagination. Soon he realized it's usefullness and it's accuracy! Age was relative to the creature's normal lifespan so he had difficulty actually saying precisely how old something was, just whether it was a baby, middle aged or old aged, but he was soon reading when his Mom needed to go to hospital to be checked out, when Stacey at school came down with the measles, and when Sandra... Ahem, needed help preparing for parenthood!
A week before his sixteenth birthday it surged again, for the last time. That was when he found he could not only read a thing, but also change it!
Richard Stokes- Main character with the life molding power. Age 16 at start of story.
Andrea Stokes- Richard's single parent Mom, struggling with a household of three and working as a secretary. Age 37 at start of story.
Melissa stokes- Richard's sister, going to the same school as Richard. Age 17 at start of story.
Vanessa Niemand- One of Richard's only friends at school. A science nerd at school and fairly plain looking. Age 16 at start of story.
Mrs Palmer- A 70 year old lady Richard rents an apartment from when he goes to university when he is 19.)