As much as I love this game and all I always end up attached to Shandra Jerro ( Think that's how I first figured out my sexual preference) and well her death seems to get me every time and I don't think there's a way to avoid it in game. But I'd like to play out the story on the forum and change that somehow.
I'm up for suggestions but what I'd like to do is start with their first meeting, have a slow build up between the characters, maybe rp the in between adventures, as well as the characters interactions, like meeting at the farm, coming to save her from the lizardlings and from the shadow reavers, training her to fight with the rest of the group, finding out about her grandfather's haven, the night before the trials and the morning of. Building crossroad keep and haring off to the haven to find her grandfather, and somehow stopping Shandra from being killed. After that then I imagine everything will just come pouring out from my character. I get the feeling Shandra cares for her but you can play it as being friendly or more, personally it'd be interesting to see if Shandra is confused by the confession but thinks about it. Or she could be smitten just as badly. Either way Cassavier can go pout in a corner and Akuma can pine after Shandra and be all protective x3
Anyway drop me a pm if you're interested.