So I’ve been busy. Starting April, I will be working with a publisher to get book one out by late July early August.
Now there are a few relationships that develop throughout my series, some more emphasis on others, and not all are romance, but there’s one in particular I am loving, but struggled to decide exactly how I want it to go. In recent months, I have been pulled towards one of the alternative outcomes and think I’ve settled with it, but I wanted to see other peoples thoughts on the matter, so I asked around.
Without saying who these characters are for spoiler purposes in the years to come, I’ll dive right into.
I recently asked a very small portion of people, 15, 1 male, 14 females to be exact, a question.
Here is the scenario:
A boy grows up seeing only death and destruction into a “young man”. He’s the protective, compassionate, sense of justice kind of guy but also needs emotional support, but when he gets that support he’s over ambitious and stubborn. He also has a slight spiritual belief that something allows things to happen. He holds to these ideals and over time keeps failing and watching everything and everyone he knows die or go missing. He is alone. After awhile he is thrown into the “wild” and continues surviving the impossible, but the wounds of life are too deep and he eventually gets beaten into the ground mentally and emotionally to the point he is dead inside. With nothing left he holds to a belief that whatever it is keeping him alive, wants him to suffer. That his only purpose is to be a tool and to help those around him because he himself is nothing. Accepting this fate, bad things continue to happen and he continues to survive betrayal, wars, circumstances of difficult situations and he becomes a very distant.
Now somewhere between all of the latter half of that paragraph, after being alone, a young woman shows up. She is strong. A great sense of empathy, good will, and on the verge of being a do-gooder. She also has a great gift of compassion. She too is unlikely thrown into wilds after some time, but unlike the man, she has people around here that she can cling to, she has also had a solid upbringing of both negative and positive life experiences.
Over time they have to trust each other, and both learn and grow from each other. He sees the positive, and she see’s the negative. This brings about many discussions throughout the series. The two are constantly thrown into the fire together and he continues to try and let himself die. But she wants him to keep going, to believe that something better is out there and constantly saves him.
After a remarkable journey to a certain point in the story, they have to make a choice, more so her than he.
He at this point has improved, but after what he’s been through, he can not go back to what would feel mundane and meaningless. He sees through his goal, and with everyone he’s set out with, to see that they succeed, there is nothing left for him to do. He will never be able to let the feeling go of being nothing more than an aide to someone. He knows he would be a burden, despite his best efforts, he isn’t sure he could ever rise above himself.And he doesn’t want to bring her down. After all she is the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
She however has many things to do that can make differences as well as moving on with what has happened. She knows him, she sees the good in him and what he is capable of. They had grown close as friends clearly. For all the times they were there for each other, his comfort and compassion she found herself conflicted multiple times if she actually ever was or is on an intimate emotional level with him. (Clear signs of both friendship and intimacy. Confused about love, sympathy, friendship kind of thing. Never fully committed to pursuing, but more than a teased thought.)She wants to move on because she’s (scared?*), but struggles knowing leaving would only break him, leaving him alone would send him back to a fragile state he had come from. But she couldn’t help but to be there, because fate demanded it apparently. There was no way getting around it.
Does she go? Does he go? Do they stay together? Other possibilities?
Now most of the answers have been similar. If not the exact same response. I’ll give their reasoning as well.
Of the 15 responses:
12 said She goes: They ALL gave the relationship a 10% chance of working out. And they ALL gave the almost exact same response. And that she would leave him. The reason for this, is because women are already heavily emotional based. To have to deal with it more so wouldn’t be worth it despite the journey. They also say it isn’t impossible, certainly difficult, but rare to see someone go through with something like that. She would have to be an “extraordinary” person willing to commit to something like that.
1 said: They both go on mutual terms. Didn’t really give a reason explained more of a plot idea.
1 said he leaves: Reasoning, he knows he is weak and pathetic, but at least is man enough to leave himself. Without burdening her, he takes off and lets her live a life.
1 said stays *maybe*: The woman would have to know how serious and deep she can be, if she thinks she can handle the baggage, they should stay. Would have had to go through the journey where she knew she had romantic feelings for him. Based on her description she isn’t the shallow type, but knowing she could break him would make things worse. It’s a difficult choice. One that would require a lot of thinking/soul searching.
Feel free to leave your thoughts on the subject and thanks for reading.