I don’t usually share my dreams because they are a) boring to anyone else and b) don’t make sense. That said, I had one of those dreams the other night that was like reading a novel from beginning to end. Alas, most of the details faded as soon as I woke.
One scene, though, stays in my head. The heroine, Savvy Businesswoman, is successful and competent until she is near the Man of Her Dreams, whereupon she becomes clumsy, silly and totally unlike her workday persona. In the scene, she is in the Man of Her Dreams apartment, looking for something she left there. This tells me she has a key, so they have some kind of relationship, and that she doesn’t want him to know what she is looking for. (At this point, I don’t know, either). She is wearing a Donna Karen suit and killer heels, the ultimate professional.
Savvy Businesswoman hears Man of Her Dreams come in the door and promptly flees to the bedroom, which has a walk-in closet. She enters and hides behind some dressing gowns (fancy talk for bathrobes) in the back.
There is a tense moment when Man of Her Dreams opens the closet and selects a shirt and trousers. He doesn’t see her. She stifles a sigh of relief. and prays that he will complete his change of clothes and leave.
Instead, she hears him on the phone. He is talking to his broker and telling him to buy a number of shares in a Certain Company.
Savvy Businesswoman knows that Certain Company is fraudulent and under investigation. If Man of her Dreams succeeds in his purchase, he will not only lose money, but possibly go down the drain (and into jail) with the conspirators.
I don’t know how she knows this. Maybe she is a government agent. Maybe she has investigated this company herself. But she does know her facts.
She yells, “Don’t!” or a warning something like that, and stumbles from the closet, her suit rumpled and her perfectly coiffed hair in disarray.
Man of her Dreams, clad in black dress socks and red-and-white striped boxers, hangs up and demands that she explain herself.
What happens next? I don’t know. Given that he thinks she’s an idiot, will he believe her either her excuses or her warning?
There you have it. Two characters, one scene.
If you are writing a romance about a Savvy Businesswoman and the Man of Her Dreams who needs to be convinced she isn’t as idiotic as she appears feel free to use it.