In conjunction with my other thread about close-third perspective, I have another question about something I’ve written. Of course, a character can be unaware of something. But can I, the narrator, tell the reader that they are unaware of this fact? I have been transposing everything I’ve written so far, from omniscient (or what was supposed to be omniscient, turns out I was slipping into close-third more often than I’d planned!) to close third. I’ve come across a section where I’ve written that my POV character is unaware of something happening behind him. Here’s the paragraph itself: ***Alan looked back to Eric, who had begun to straighten up the chairs. He’d thought for some time that Eric may have had some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder; he liked perfection and order. He always tidied his own mess (if he ever made one, which was rare). And here he was, tidying somebody else’s. He lifted the chair that lay on its side upright and positioned it neatly next to the others. Alan had to smile at his son, as the disgusted look that emerged on his face told him that he’d clearly put his hands in something sticky and unpleasant. Alan continued on to the second tent, completely unaware of the fact that Eric was now staring at his hands. Blood was smeared across both palms. The fabric of the chair was saturated with blood, the light blue material soaked to a deep crimson.*** Everything before and after this is written from Alan’s close-third perspective. I believe I’m okay talking about Eric’s actions, as I make it clear that Alan is watching him. As he turns his attention away from Eric though, at this point he can’t possibly know about the blood on Eric’s hands. I’ve attempted to remedy this by saying ‘Alan was completely unaware that…’. Is that a cheat? To my mind, it seems to read okay. Is this sort of thing common? Are we “allowed” to do this? Cheers!