Complexities of an Au Pair
It was where the young woman finished her studies in university, and in wishing to stay longer, she advertised online as an Au Pair. The responses were overwhelming. A choice of families she had, and she worked for a few before finding a suitable employer who would not take advantage of her time or her honesty.
The family that hired the Au Pair was not the norm. Financially, they were well off, however, it was the mother who was the 'bread winner', and she put her career first over that of her husband and child. Her career, defined her, and not the fact that she was a mother or wife. She was, truth be known, bitter that she had the child, that the child interfered in her lifestyle especially where work was concerned. Decisively, it was the father who took responsibility for the child, and for the home, and his career remained local within the city. He refused further promotions for the sake of family, of his marriage...but only he, his wife, and the Au Pair knew of this.
The Au Pair and the father grew close, as did she and the child, a new family developing. However, when the Au Pair started to develop a stronger emotional attachment to the father, a mutual attraction beginning, she left, departing with the family on good terms.
Months would pass, and not all would be well.
The child would send the former Au Pair strange emails, ones denoting anxiety and fear. Then, late one night, the telephone rang...and the mother had an accident, later dying in the hospital. It would be the father requesting the Au Pair to return for full time employment, that during this unsettling time, the child needed stability, an affectionate environment.
Terms were agreed upon...but not everything was disclosed.
Some things are left better unsaid, unknown...for one's protection.
Looking for a partner willing to write from the perspective of the father (an older man in his 40s), and other secondary characters that may come into existence throughout the story. Third person narrative. The ability to write non chronological chapters (flash backs to present day to future ). Plot to be further developed and discussed.
As for themes, I'm looking to explore neglect within marriage and how marriage can disintegrate, the emotion of jealousy, friendship evolving into a sexual relationship, need and obsession, and the emotions that can lead to murder.