Two very enticing stories. I am intrigued to play in either one. I know you were looking for a woman, but I feel confident that I understand your desire for a high level of intrigue without derailing the drama to our primal instincts. Blackmail is a fascinating topic, but most of the fiction boils down to pictures being taken, and she has to do what he says while more pictures are being taken. This is a very unimaginative view of extortion and coercion. It starts small, sure, and the further it goes, the deeper it gets, but the crux of the dilemma is that the lines between right and wrong become confused. They say that losing your ability to choose can be very liberating, but happiness at its core is derived from the completion of goals. This will be a tragedy in the most classic sense. Are you sure you're up to it?
1. I love the set up for this one, first in that there is a history between the characters which could flashback at any time, and secondly the travesty that outside forces could upset a judicial hearing and cause serious collateral damage to the freedom of an innocent/a dangerous precedent/the financial future of an entire industry. Being the successful corporate lawyer he is, he will stop at nothing to win the case, impress his clients, and someday make partner. I see him as handsomely dressed, tirelessly ambitious, and utterly ruthless. Drop the case? You're not going to get off that easy, you're going to have to take a dive.
2. It's terrible the tribulations of women in politics, where saints like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin are slandered as whores, and monsters like Hillary Clinton and Tipper Gore are held up as role-models. Only ball-breakers like Nancy Pelosi or doormats like Olympia Snowe survive. (*) I apologise if the previous statements are patently offensive, but that just rolled right off my tongue, and I felt it accurately summarized the plight of women in politics. It's a man's game, and no one is more deeply rooted than your smalltown mayor. This guy has known you since you were a little girl, has access to all your private information, and you think you're going to ruin a real estate deal that will keep his grandchildren in hookers and blow? You've got another thing coming. Now that he's got you right where he wants you, you're going to do more than just apologise.
Looking forward to hearing from you. I hope I've impressed upon you my credentials as your potential blackmailer. <snip> I cannot receive private messages on this forum. I'll happily swap emails, and even use YIM if necessary, but IRC is my preferred method of instant messaging.
Edited: No posting of contact information allowed in public areas.