In my never-ending quest to understand the characters I play with, I decided that I would use one of my Summer Mini Challenge prompts to complete a writing exercise - and, as the rules of the challenge state, post it publicly.
I wanted to explore this scene
from the Monarch of the Glen
canon. I wanted to do this from Archie's POV, because I just couldn't wrap my head around what he said when he rejected Lexie's advances:
Not, "I love Katrina," or indeed any mention of the word love at all...yet that's what he means. And given that when he *does* eventually confess his love to Lexie he says, "I love you, Lexie. I think I always have,"
I suddenly found an emotional knot that I was determined to untwist.
Here is my effort:( Is admiration the same thing as love? )
I wrote this for the prompt "bubble" in my 2015 Summer Mini Challenge
table. In addition to using the scene itself, I also drew on the heaviness of this song
for inspiration. It captures the sort of disbelief and perhaps hopeless hope that I think he felt when confronted with Lexie's feelings.
Though this scence was a straight-up rejection on the surface, it simultaneously deepens the pair's relationship, because Archie finally realizes just what Lexie does
mean to him. I wanted it to be there, but for him to be blind to it. He calls her his "very, very best friend" - which in my book is a much stronger foundation for a romantic relationship than something rooted in passion.
Of course, the fact that he kissed Lexie more times than pretty much all of his love interests put together also probably says something about (unconscious) his feelings for her, LOL.