I love it when the audience or reader knows something that the character in the story doesn’t know. A ticking bomb under the table (Hitchcock) the identity of the murderer (Columbo) the unrequited love (Cyrano).
The lyrics describe these timeless feelings:
No you don’t know the one who dreams of you at night
And longs to kiss your lips and longs to hold you tight
To you I’m just a friend that’s all I’ve ever been
But you don’t know me
One of the absolute best “you don’t know me” stories is Random Harvest. SPOILERS. How could a woman marry a man, settling for a platonic marriage of convenience when she was once married to him and he adored her but now he doesn’t remember her????? Heartbreaking, full of angst and oh, so unrealistic. But I love it.