What was the inspiration for the story? I wanted to write a Christmas short story that I could self-publish, so I just started freewriting a scene with no planning at all. I had this scene where Benedict stumbles across a carriage and there was a girl inside. Then I thought ‘what if he knows her?’ ‘what if he knows her and doesn’t like her?’ In that original draft of the scene, Benedict was Scottish and an aristocrat. Then I wrote the part where they’re caught together and I thought..