Let's go for a double-whammy of the romance tropes: friends to lovers and the fake relationship

Growing up, Mina has always held a torch for her brother's best friend Jerry. In recent years, they've grown apart, and that torch has nearly burned down to an ember.
Until one day, Jerry turns up on her doorstep. He needs her help, and she's only too happy to help. They manage to fool their families and Mina starts to hope that fantasy can turn to reality, but can a relationship built on lies last the distance?

extra trope-y note-ys:
Jerry's reason for picking Mina has to be good, because it has to weather the "don't date my sister"
For over complicated troperation, Jerry can be a newly-single dad who needs the relationship to gain/keep custody of the kid
bonus points for a one-night stand before they grow apart that both decide to never mention again because they think the other isn't interested
super bonus points if one or the other is trying to make an ex jealous

The Masquerade

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 16:01
The Masquerade is a fictional Girl Group existing only in my imagination. Originally conceived as a superhero team, they decided to become superstars instead. Assigning themselves codenames and only ever seen en masque, their desire for privacy cultivated an air of mystique. They have released multiple albums on the themes of friendship, growing up, relationships, and girl power.

Members of the Masquerade include:
  • Phoenyx (Nixy), lead singer and main spokesperson for the group
  • Fyrespark (Sparky), lead guitarist and SFX coordinator
  • Shadowkitten (Essie), keyboardist and main songwriter
  • Illusya (Illy), rhythm guitarist and stage designer
  • Crystallise (Tally), drummer and choreographer
  • Skye, backing vocals and costume designer
  • Zephyr (Zephy), backing vocals and makeup artist
  • Starspray (Starry), backing vocals and marketing
Although they never refer to themselves as such, Skye, Zephyr, and Starspray are collectively known as the British Blondes, as they all speak with a British accent, and are, well, Blonde. They also appear together in music videos and interviews, and provide similar function in the band.

  • Adorkable: Crystallise
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Illusya, although Shadowkitten and Crystallise both have shades of this
  • Brainy Brunette: Shadowkitten
  • British English: Skye, Zephyr and Starspray all speak with a British accent and use British slang, which sometimes confuses the other members
  • Canada, Eh?: Illusya
  • Cloudcuckoolander: the British blondes go off on odd tangents in many interviews
  • Cover Version: between albums, regularly release covers of other artists, often including a full music video
  • Deadpan Snarker: all of them, to some degree, but especially Shadowkitten and Illusya
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Skye, Zephyr, and Starspray
  • Five-Man Band: fits surprisingly well into the traditional roles, despite the extra members, if the British Blondes are counted as one
    • The Leader: Phoenyx
    • The Lancer: Fyrespark
    • The Smart One: Shadowkitten
    • The Big One: Illusya and Crystallyse both tower above their bandmates
    • The Chick: Skye, Zepyhr, and Starspray
  • Friend to All Children: Crystallise and surprisingly, Fyrespark
  • Genki Girl: all of them, but especially Fyrespark
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Fyrespark, apparently, but only when not en masque
  • Jerk With a Heart of Gold: Fyrespark is abrasive, bossy, and confrontational, but never to children, fans or otherwise. Her bandmates are often forced to explain that she "means well"
  • Little Black Dress: Shadowkitten is fond of these
  • Ms Fanservice: all of them, but especially Phoenyx, who often dresses like a '50's pin up
  • My Nayme Is: Shadowkitten is the only member without a 'y' in her name, shoehorned in or otherwise
  • The Nicknamer: ALL of them. Quite apart from their stage names, they each have different nicknames for each other, with each girl using a different naming scheme
  • One of Us: Shadowkitten is a self-confessed Directioner
  • Only Known By Their Nickname: taken to extremes, until their actual names are totally unknown, and all identifying information (like birthdays) are also secret
  • She's Got Legs: Shadowkitten and Crystallise are both fond of short skirts
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Phoenyx is affable and friendly to everyone, right until you insult one of her bandmates
  • Smarter Than You Look: despite their ditzy Cloudcuckoolander tendencies, the British Blondes do pull out moments of genius
  • Southern Belle: Shadowkitten is one of these
  • The Stoic: Illusya
  • Token Minority: hard to tell under the masks, but Illusya looks like one of these
A radio station in NZ just ran a promotion where two strangers get married after talking once on air and meeting once while masked. This is the fourth time they have run this promotion, and it surprised me that all three previous relationships are still going strong. That little romantic part in me just got so happy when I heard that.

It also went into imagination overdrive. I mean, strangers getting married??? As a romance trope, I don't think it gets better than this. It's like the arranged marriage but modern, or the fake marriage but total strangers.

In short, I think it would make a fantastic novel. First comes the wedding, and then come the falling in love.

Of course, the sequels are where it gets super troperiffic. After the original We're Married, Let's learn To Live Together, you get
  • Our Crazy Friends Just Got Married But I Hate You (But You're Hot)
  • You Broke My Heart And Now We're Married (with optional side of Did I Just Become Stepdad To My Own Child?)
  • Your Sibling Is The One That Got Away (I Never Noticed You Noticing Me)
  • This Isn't Working So I'll Help You Win Back Your Ex (possibly combined with This Isn't Working So I'll Help You Net The Object Of Your Unrequited Love Since Forever)
if I ever write romances, this is totally going to be it (watch this space for absolutely nothing because I am that lazy hah)

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