can you do identity porn for leverage? like not porn porn specifically, i just absolutely LOVE the drama of people falling in love with each others' alter egos. alternatively, a superhero au? ur my fave anyway omfg ilysm
(Identity porn is one of my favorite things! Sorry if the end of this is a little rushed, I’ve got unexpected plans and I wanted to get this out before they happened.)
Eliot doesn’t read blogs. He doesn’t spend much time on the internet at all—better things to do with his time. There are a few of his old buddies who like to stay in touch, and a few burner e-mails are safer than a long-term phone, so he likes to have a connection, but he doesn’t surf around looking for something to waste his time unless he’s trying to put people around him at ease.
He finds Casing the World when he’s on a stake-out in a coffee shop with a nosy older man sitting near him, peering at his screen like maybe Eliot’s one of the three aspiring novelists sitting around in the shop. It’s a stupid blog title, but it came up when he searched for landmarks in Istanbul, the first thing that came to mind, and once he starts reading, it’s interesting.
The first entry he finds is a bunch of beautiful pictures of the Hagia Sofia and a few other landmarks, taken from unexpected angles that Eliot is almost sure mean the photographer wasn’t in the public parts, and a long and technical explanation about how people would have broken in throughout history. It’s accurate enough to make him look at another entry, and another.
They’re all too accurate—mostly, they focus on historical ways of doing crime, but some of them are close to a blueprint for a break-in, and Eliot is amazed the author hasn’t been arrested yet.
Eventually, he finds the first entry, where the blogger, who only gives her name as P, says her boyfriend set her up with the blog, and links over to another one.