"Oh no, " she breathed, "I couldn't and neither could you."
August 1, 2010 8:14 PM Subscribe
Plot issue - ethically taking up with the spouse's best friend.
posted by b33j to Human Relations (38 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Vanilla romance novel/story. Husband & wife (good relationship), and his best friend. Is there any way, apart from killing the husband off (car accident, murder but not by wife or friend, etc) or putting him an institution (prison, asylum) where I can allow the wife and best friend to be together as a romantic couple without either/both/three of them looking like sleazes? Therefore, no cheating, no ethical slut, no threesomes. Social groups to remain intact. Tension in story to come from idea that they find each other adorable, but don't know it's mutual.
I'm thinking, even if husband and wife break up mutually, the best friend would be required not to pursue his friend's ex-spouse as a matter of honour or their general social groups would ostracise one, two or all three of them in the course of this changeover. Of course, this is a good reason for them to postpone their relationship, creating more tension, but I want a happy ending, in the end.