So, um. this. requires explanation. So, yeah, this is me and applegnat last evening.
me: i want to write gender-flip
applegnat : good
me: except i'd land up without a story to write.
applegnat : who'd be flipping?
me: idk. if i flip charlie, he'll have no access to Mikhail. if i flip Mikhail charlie'd be beaten up and stuffed into a trunk somewhere. mikhail flipped (as a friend told me when i whined at her) is basically sweety.
applegnat : hmm. he's a good deal less -- goal-oriented.
me: yeah and more attached to his brothers but, i mean
applegnat : i mean, you can bet that if sweety were flogging coke worth 10 crores she'd have got it done in the time it took for bhope to eat a vada pav
me: the whole beloved baby girl of crime family deal
applegnat : yeah, but at least she hasn't been coddled into – death or fuifide, as mikhail would say. LOL
applegnat : girl charlie might be interesting
me: doesn't it cut down on the very physically intimidating thing, though
applegnat : look the basic problem is that a girl of charlie's social aptitude and economic status wouldn't be doing charlie's work. as a rule.
applegnat : you can't be a controller, even if you can be a don. i don't want to enforce the sterotype that girls with charlie's social aptitude and economic handicaps would be pulling tricks if they were into crime. quite realistically, though, it's difficult for them to do anything else.
me: no, i know. i thought, and then i thought, well, prostitute. and then i stopped wanting to write that
applegnat : well, it's entirely possible that mikhail happens to be charlie's only john
me: because i like happy!Charlie. um. how periclean of him. but what a bad Aphasia she'd make (by which I meant Aspasia, but eh)
applegnat : besides, happiness and prostitution aren't mutually exclusive - not in the least trying to diminish the horrors of sex work etc
me: no, i guess, but, thing is i can't think of Mikhail as idk, caring enough?
applegnat : aw, young men are generally assholes. but i'm sure he's capable of affection, even concern. in an AU you can explore those avenues.
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( this, therefore, is me, exploring those avenues )