My son got a new retainer–a bright blue, glow-in-the-dark retainer with a matching glow-in-the-dark retainer case.
As you no doubt already know, buying a retainer is like buying a brand new iPhone…except it goes in your mouth and hurts and is much smaller and…most importantly, is known for “causing dogs to act uncharacteristically. They will hunt down this retainer because its smell calls out to them.”
At least that’s what the orthodontist said.
So, given this investment we had a HUGE talk about the importance of never ever ever ever losing the retainer.
We went over the rules of where the retainer should and should not go, and that my son should not breathe heavily on the dog, making her nose sniff wildly. (The latter rule came about as he walked in the door and tried it.)
What we never thought of lecturing about was the retainer case. Which was lost on the second day.
Yet one of the rules is that you can’t take off the retainer unless it is to put it in the retainer case… so mass hysteria erupted.
We looked in dirty laundry bins, violin cases, places I’d never seen before in the bathroom… and I even suggested turning out all the lights. After all, it’s glow in the dark.
All hope was lost.
Until my husband wanted ice for his water.
And guess what we found in the freezer.
No one is admitting anything.
As writers, we want to thrill our readers with the unexpected. The twist that no one saw coming. Except it still needs to make sense. So sometimes we must put on a detective hat and work our way backwards. Which is what I did for Framed Secrets. Before I started writing, I knew that my character was a small-town, hard-working, single woman with a talent and hobby for painting. But someone has hidden something in one of her paintings. And from there, the story was born.
It took me even longer to figure out how and why the retainer case ended up in the freezer… a year later….when I finally bought popsicles, and I saw my son eager to eat one.
Realizations like that always have triggers. Like when my character, Kathleen…oops, sorry. You’ll just have to read the book. 😉
What’s the oddest, most unusual place you’ve ever found a missing object?