The main character in the short story “The Meaning of Clouds” by Natalie Cox is Magsbut Bella also plays a significant role in the story. Bella is the daughter of Mags’ partner, and Mags looks after her for the day. When Bella goes missing, Mags is worried and upset. After she eventually finds her, she starts to think of their relationship in a new way, and also realizes some new truths about the meaning of her life.

The story also includes minor characters like Bobby and the woman in the charity shop. Bobby is helpful when Bella goes missing, going along with Mags on her search and calling the emergency number to report her missing. The woman in the craft shop acts superior and judges Mags for not looking after Bella properly. 

You can read a full characterization of Mags and Bella in the following sections.