Before I talk to Marcy and Jonathan, Lucy and Brian, and maybe another character in this book, I thought I’d have a conversation with Jeremy and Jane now that things have progressed nicely in their relationship.
You two look happy together.
Jane: I notice we’re always wearing the same clothes.
Jeremy: Give her some slack. It’s all she had to choose from.
Jane: Maybe, but someone’s likely to believe we’re like those TV characters that never change clothes.
Jeremy: That’s a simple fix. I assure everyone reading this that we do change clothes.
You know, Jane, for someone who’s hung up on historical accuracy, I think it’s out of character for you to bring TV into this discussion. TVs weren’t around back in 1901.
Jane: And yet, here I am on the Internet with my entire personal life on display for the entire world to read about.
Well, no one wants to read about my life. All I do is take care of the kids, do the chores, and kill the occasional bug that makes its way into my house.
Jeremy: You have no romance in your own life?
My husband is currently in South Korea, so nothing interesting is going on over here, if that’s what your asking, and the topics of discussion typically revolves around stuff like how fast we can pay off debt, what the kids are doing, how my writing is going, the latest movie he watched–
Jane: We get the point. Your life story is boring so you have to invade other people’s in order to find something to write about.
Right, but it’s better to be boring than to have something bad happen. So anyway, this isn’t about me. It’s about you two. How do you think the progression of your relationship is going?
Jeremy: Terrific! I was somewhat disheartened when you decided to not show the second time we had sex, but then you assured me there’d be another sex scene or two. I’m hoping for two.
Jane: Don’t encourage her, Jeremy!
Jeremy: What? If it was up to me, we would have been this happy together sooner in the book.
Jane: You’re as bad as she is.
*clears throat* Now, now. You don’t have to get into a dispute over this. The point is that you’re happy now and will be moving forward. We are now ready to move to the second big plot in this book and that involves Jeremy finding his mother. Any thoughts on it?
Jane: I’m looking forward to it. I’d like her to find out what a good man he turned out to be.
Jeremy: *shrugs* I’m still not sure about it. If I knew what to expect, it’d help.
I can’t tell you exactly how things will go because I usually figure out how things will play out as I’m writing a scene.
Jane: That doesn’t sound very organized.
It’s how I write. I start with an idea, start writing, and find out how things will progress as I go along.
Jane: How can you be sure you tie up all your loose ends? Do you keep an outline as you go or something?
Jeremy: Jane, I’m sure this book will be fine. So far, everything’s going smoothly.
Jane: So far. But who knows if she won’t leave the book with one huge cliffhanger?
Jeremy: It’s a romance. There’s only one way it can end. We end up happy, together, and (ideally) in bed.
Jane: I take back what I said. You aren’t as bad as she is. You’re worse.
You enjoy the not-so-modest parts of the book, Jane.
Jane: Only because you write that I do.
I don’t know. I got a memo from you about what you’d like to do next time there’s a sex scene, and it’s not exactly prudish.
Jeremy: Really? Can I see it?
Jane: *puts her hand on his arm to stop him from grabbing the papers on my desk* That’s enough, you two. I thought this interview was going to be about us looking for his mother.
Yes, it is about that. I was originally going to have you two go up there around April or May after Jeremy got his new church assigned to him, but now I’m thinking of having a temporary preacher take over the church he’s currently at so you two can find his mother and then make a request to be the preacher of that town. The preacher currently there is old, but then I thought if he was a circuit pastor, then he would never be home because he’d be off from one rural area to another, and I’m not sure how big Eliza’s town is.
Jane: How can you not be sure how big the town is? You’re the author.
It’s not a big area like Sioux Falls is. I think I’ll place you both in Sioux Falls.
Jane: I must admit your lack of homework on my story is appalling.
Jeremy: She’s just writing a romance, Jane. It’s not like this is going to be a masterpiece that will be passed on from one generation to another. This is like one of those dime novels from our time. Sure, they bring in a nice little income when they’re written, but it’s the true classics that will last, even if the writers starve while they’re writing them. True art isn’t appreciated until the creator of it dies.
You know, Jeremy, if this wasn’t a romance, I wouldn’t include sex scenes. I just finished with a sci-fi thriller and though I married off a couple, I never showed the sex.
Jeremy: Send my sympathy to the husband in that book, though I can’t see how a sci-fi thriller will reach classic status either.
Jane: Let’s face it. Once she dies, no one is going to know we even existed.
Jeremy: But we’ll know, and we’ll have had a wonderful time together.
Ah, it’s so nice that you two are super supportive of my work.
Jane: I detect the sarcasm in your tone.
Jeremy: I do support your work, Ruth. In fact, I slipped that photographer of yours a couple of bucks to get this picture.
Jane: A couple of bucks?
Jeremy: You’d be surprised at how expensive things are in 2011. It cost me a whole week’s worth of groceries.
Jane: What?! That’s much too expensive! I do everything I can to cut costs, and this is how you handle the money I’ve managed to save?
Jeremy: But this was worth it.
Jane: I can’t believe you’d show the world my bare shoulders!
Jeremy: Why not? They look great, as does the rest of you. *wiggles his eyebrows at her*
I can’t help but notice how wide your smile is, Jane.
Jane: I thought we were alone. I didn’t think there was a photographer hiding in the bushes somewhere. I hope there are no other indecent pictures of me.
Jeremy: Unfortunately, no.
Jane: Oh, I bet you’d love to post everything inappropriate up on this public forum where the whole world can look at me wearing nothing!
Jeremy: You have a dress on.
Jane: I’m practically naked!
Never come to 2011, Jane. You’ll have a heart attack if you see how women dress nowadays.
Jeremy: We should go home so I can kiss your shoulder again. Remember what happened afterwards?
Jane: *stands up* You will not be kissing my shoulder or any other part of my body, mister! I can’t believe you’d show me like that in front of everyone. If you do something like that again, I’ll move back to my old bedroom.
Jeremy: *gasps* You wouldn’t!
Jeremy: You won’t have her do something like that, will you?
Of course not. By the time I write the post tonight, she’ll have forgotten all about this conversation. She might be hot-headed, but she’s quick to forgive and move on.
Jeremy: *looks relieved* Good. *runs to catch up with her*