I’d rather you didn’t reblog this, please.
I’ve been thinking about the characters from my detective story a lot these past couple of days and they’re really starting to take form and become dear to me. I don’t want to go into too much detail in case I actually end up writing the damn thing, but I figured the best place to start would be deciding how they ended up working together in the first place.
Crane is hired on to a pretty mundane case. A wealthy man suspects his wife is cheating on him and wants to find the man who’s made him a cuckold. Sure, whatever, Crane needs the money. As it turns out, there is no other man - his wife has been having an affair with their maid the whole time. Crane exposes them, and the wife claims that she was seduced, that the maid had lured her away from virtue. Everyone buys it and the maid is heartbroken, disgraced, disowned, and turned out onto the streets.
It slowly dawns on Crane that profiting off of a poor girl’s misery was maybe a shitty thing to do. Sure, it was a crime, and he was just doing his job, but she was guilty only of love. So he tracks her down, apologizes for ruining her life, and offers her a new one working as his secretary. Things are tense and awkward between them for a while, but she’s extremely clever and proves herself capable of saving his ass. They become more like business partners… he gets the credit, she gets the foxy ladies.
Eventually, they get married. It’s her idea. He’s flustered by the proposal: “Married?! But… I thought you were a lesbian!”
“And I thought you were a detective, you great oaf.” She then explains that a “lavender marriage” could be convenient to both of them and crush any career-threatening rumors. It also amuses her to play it up in public, just to annoy him. They enjoy a platonic understanding and, later, a “permanent houseguest” who is “very sisterly” with Prudence. I’m working on her story now….