“Tease, then separate” is just a good way of building stress for your reader. But to go on it a step further, you’ve surely got to produce stress between your figures by themselves.
The simplest way to get this done is through making opposites attract.
Certainly one of my personal favorite writing quotes is through Linda Howard. She states, “If your hero is really a firefighter, your heroine better be an arsonist. ”
It’s a push-pull dynamic waiting to take place. Firefighter and arsonist. Cops and robbers. Cowboy and Indian. It will help to produce a chase-and-be-chased of relationship that’s ideal for relationship.