an edited scene from Miserere

One thing I like to do when I'm working on a novel is make up short conversations between the characters. This gives me a chance to let them say whatever pops into my head. I don't worry about setting or context. It's a My Dinner with Andre sort of thing where I just let them talk to see where the conversation leads. I uncover a lot of character motivations using this technique and sometimes, it reveals subtleties of characterization that I might otherwise miss.

This is from one of my earlier scenes [read: edited scenes] between Lucian and Rachael. This scene predates the events in Miserere. They are discussing Catarina:

Rachael met Lucian’s black glare with a challenge of her own. “Don’t you see, Lucian? Cate only loves you insofar as she loves herself. She sees you as an extension of herself.”

“You’re very perceptive about other people and their intents. Tell me, what do you see in yourself?”

“This isn’t about me.”

“Yes,” he said. “It is.”

“Then tell me what happened.”

“I’ll tell you a story.”

“No stories. I only want to know what’s real.”

“All stories are real.”