Anonymous: can u still send a pdf of captive prince 2?
Yeah, I can, but I’m going to need your email.
Damen turned his eyes to Laurent.
A picture of cool, difficult distance confronted him. Laurent sat in brief conversation, wrist balanced on the edge of the great table, fingertips resting on the base of a goblet. From the severe, straight-backed posture to the impersonal grace of his cupped yellow head; from his detached blue eyes to the arrogance of his cheekbones, Laurent was complicated and contradictory, and Damen could look nowhere else.
― Book 2, Captive Prince
When I made Damen and Laurent, I had never written original before. I didn’t have a formal process for character creation, but basically what I did was delve deep into my id to explore what I found hot, what kind of characters and what kind of tensions turned me on.
Here’s a tumblr feed for AO3 Captive Prince fanfic.
Pets more closely resemble courtesans, though you could argue that they are actually ‘debt slaves’. A noble buys a pet’s ‘contract’ which give him/her ownership for a contracted period. Generally, nobles buy pets from select training establishments. The trainer takes the money as payment for training, and the pet is now in debt to the new owner. A pet can free himself simply by repaying this debt and buying out his contract. Since high-end pets are customarily lavished with expensive gifts and free to acrue wealth, this is actually easier to do than it seems. Pets who are not bought by nobility are the ones who have it tough—they still have to pay back their debt to the trainer, and usually end up working it off the hard way, in brothels or other unsavoury professions.
Once [your romantic leads] have kissed, you don’t get any pay-off from a second kiss. In fact, you risk reducing the tension. Every step forward has to up the stakes. But if the stakes go too high too early, it becomes a tension arms race. Escalate too soon and you’ve got all-out nuclear war in chapter four and scorched romantic earth for the rest of the story.