Do you ever have "conversations" with your fanfic characters in which they know they're fanfic characters, and that you're a fanfic author? I have a phase of character development in which I "interview" my potential "cast members," and we come up with ground rules for one another. I find that our relationship goes much more smoothly if I do this. The fact that it is an utterly mad and delusional thing to do is quite irrelevant. The odd thing (well, one of the odd things) about this phase is that while the characters have definite preferences and opinions, I don't know beforehand what they're going to be. I'm regularly quite surprised by characters' reactions. The "best" conversation I ever had was probably the one in which the character killed me. This was a character from a different fandom, and to be fair, he has canonically killed the producers of his own show . . . on his show. I should have known that talking to him would be a bad idea. The conversation went something like this:Me: Hello, I'm a fanfic author. I'm sure the other characters around here have made you familiar with my work. I was wondering if you'd be interested in working together on a project I have in mind. Him: No. Me: . . . **He drew his sword and pointed it at me in a highly-menacing way** Me: We would, of course, only do work which you're--uhh, comfortable with . . . Him: You . . . control me? Let me show you what I am "comfortable" with. **Swing-O-Death with the sword** Me: Erk! Well see, killing me . . . killing me is actually off the table . . . Him: **General murderous behavior** No, it isn't. Me: But--you can't. I'm real, and you're not. Him: Oh, is that what you think. **Condescending murderous behavior** The moment you started talking to me, you entered my world. We live by the same rules here . . . or we would, if I weren't a supernatural creature of unthinkable power, and you weren't . . . nothing in particular. Me: . . . Him: The only thing that stops me from killing you right now is the fact that you've resorted to authorial fiat, and are forcing me to act out of character. And we can't have that, now can we? **Truly frightful murderous behavior**At that point I decided he was right, and let him behead me. Then he wiped his blade on my body and sauntered off. And uhh . . . that was it. He never responded to any of my attempts to talk to him again. I must admit, I didn't see that one coming. Usually I just get, "You're not going to do ________ to me, the way you did with character _________ are you?!" I think this guy deserves an award for "Best Murder Of An Author By A Leading Character" or something like that. Anybody else ever had unexpected experiences after they let a character "break the fourth wall?"