Person A is a spy whos set to meet with their new Partner Person C, but Person A doesnt know what Person C looks like and ends up telling their half of a password to Person B, who accidently gives the correct response. Person A then procceeds to drag Person B around on their case while Person C is running around trying to find their partner
Ben Whishaw in London Spy (Empire, September 2015)
“It’s an interesting geographical fluke,” [Tom Rob Smith] muses. “You have MI6 there, and the hub of gay clubbing on the other side of the river, so I thought, ‘Let’s take one person from that side, and one from the other, and have them collide.’ It’s an accidental love story.”
London Spy airs on BBC Two on Monday, 9 November 2015 at 9pm !!!
Okay, so, thesauruses are great. But they are subject to constant abuse. Evidence of thesaurus abuse abounds all over the internet. So let’s try a thing.
1. Excellent use of a thesaurus:
“… Alexandria found herself spying….” Nope. Not spying, dammit, there’s a word, it’s right there…
Miss Brown: Thesaurus - Please help me! Roget: Of course, Miss Brown. What can I do for you today? Miss Brown: I need a word. A synonym for ‘seeing’. It’s sort of a deliberate thing, but accidental… Fortuitous. Not spying, spying sounds sort of dirty. This is more like… watching carefully, paying attention… Roget: I have a number of options. Monitoring? Miss Brown: No, that sounds like it happens over a long period of time. Roget: I see, a more immediate synonym. Perhaps you prefer ‘contemplating’? Miss Brown: Oh, that’s so close, but it’s more important than that; she’s seen something of vital importance, and she’s been stopped in her tracks… she is thinking, but probably not at that level… Roget: I have it; perhaps you would prefer ‘observing’? It implies thought as well as action, some analysis of content, but no conclusions. Miss Brown: Roget, you are amazing and I love you.
2. Less than ideal use of a thesaurus:
Miss Green: Thesaurus - Please help me! Roget: Of course, Miss Green. What can I do for you today? Miss Green: Everyone uses ‘saw’. I need something different. Roget: I see. Perhaps you would like to expound on the context? Miss Green: Just a rare word. And long. Roget: ‘Apprehended’ is an interesting word; of course, it implies analysis, and some judgment, perhaps neg- Miss Green: That’ll do, see you tomorrow.
Make your unusual words count! Make them stop the audience in their tracks! Protect your thesaurus!
*personal opinion and something to consider; i’m not pretending to be the expert, but a number of sad thesauruses have sought refuge at my place lately, so… think about it. ;)
Person A just moved in to the house next to Person B and discovers that their bedrooms are opposite each other too. They discover this because Person B doesn’t shut their curtains, leaving Person A to accidentally spy on them: getting dressed/undressed, coming out of the shower, doing embarrassing stuff, Eventually Person A gets caught spying, bonus points if Person B knew all along and was doing things intentionally.
The supreme art of war- Camp Half-Blood AU where Bellamy Blake is a badass son of Ares, and Clarke Griffin is a prissy daughter of Athena that he just can’t get out of his head
The daily grind- “I’m a barista and you’re the obnoxious customer who comes through and orders a venti macchiato while talking on the phone the whole time so I misspell your name in increasingly creative ways every day AU”
Wingwoman-“You crouched down to coo at my baby but I forgot to tell you their favorite thing to do is to play with people’s hair and now they won’t let go of you.”