Hi All, I'm interested in opinions of others regarding a certain angle I'm perusing with a piece I'm working on. Essentially, I'm writing a piece that includes a relationship that the characters deem as unconventional. As interesting as the relationship could be, I'm writing with significantly more interest in the social reaction to the relationship but my problem seems to be that any tenderness between the two is lost because everything revolves around reactions. Fundamentally, it is beliefs that are the main differences as well as skin colour in an era where a relationship of such kind would be frowned upon but not utterly rejected. Does anyone have opinions on how to attack such a subject so that tenderness is not lost entirely to external opinions that seem to revolve around bigotry and narrow-mindedness? Ultimately, I want to see the relationship work by the end, but I'm at the point where it is at its most strained and I’m not sure if it should be a desperate tale where the two are torn apart by social and family requirements only to reunite at the end against the odds or fight against the odds, with support of a couple of key, outside influences and come out of the other side. My other problem is that the characters are very straight talking so there is no chance of monologues revolving around love etc; I want it to be very real and avoid cheesiness. That said, I‘ve worked hard to keep a certain sarcasm and cheekiness for the most part but every so often it has gotten heated and that’s really where I am now... Kind of an aftermath where nobody really wants to talk about it but it’s coming to a head. ultimately though, it isn't key to the story but certainly effects the over all reactions between parties, hence why I call it an irrelevant love story. So really, I'd love some feedback, maybe some thoughts and in a perfect world, some insight to a controversial subject. Many thanks.