A quick rant: The internet hates me. Okay, maybe not the entire internet, but at the very least - my ISP does... Really, is it too much to ask to have a week without some kind of service interruption?
I think not.
So moving onto my question. This is for you lovely romance readers out there, and please, don't hold back on your answers or reasons - I need all the feedback I can get on this one! :)
Let's say you have two immortal creatures. One is an old vampire (the hero), the other is a Paladin, which is essentially a human imbued with the holy powers and responsibilites to protect humanity from rampaging vampires and werewolves (the heroine, a young Paladin). The vamp can die by only 2 means, being sunlight and decapitation. The Paladin can't really die...ever, unless God says so. (When sustaining fatal amounts of damage, a Paladin dies for a minute or two, but then comes right back to life.)
Now, let's pretend they've just gotten into a conversation about humans. And the young Paladin starts going on and on about her shining moral code, and how she feels she needs to proctect the humans because she is one, etc, etc. Then, the old vampire reminds her that she isn't human, she's just as supernatural as he is. After all, humans aren't running around picking up Buick's or teleporting.
They argue. (He stays completely calm while she gets all uppity with some serious attitude, even though she wants nothing more than to lick/kiss/touch old vampire and break through his cold, logical demeanor!)
She refuses to give into the idea that she's supernatural, no matter what argument is made. She believes she's nothing more than a human, given some "extras" so she can defend the innocent. No matter what he says, she has an argument. And when he decides debating with her lacks merit and asks to change topics, she gets nose to nose with him and demands he explain himself.
He, finally getting his feathers a little ruffled, raises a hand and gently touches her face...and she falls over...dead. (Yes, he can do that with nothing more than a touch! :) Granted, she only stays that way for a few minutes, but then she comes back to life and starts ranting and raving about the fact that he killed her. (BTW: She's really good at feigned anger. :)
To which he responds (and a little smugly, FYI) by reminding her humans don't die and come back, then asking her how she can claim to be human when she so obviously isn't.
Okay, now that the setup is there...as a reader, could you forgive the hero for killing the heroine (even though she doesn't really die)? Or would it turn you off to the hero?
Inquiring minds wanna know. :)