So I just got hit with Barriscowest feels and I'm just like, how do they handle the fallout in 3x07 and just Season 3A in general? Would the flashvibe part of their relationship break up resulting in a V relationship. Would Cisco take space from Barry as he sorts stuff out and Iris act as a buffer and intermediary to keep both her partners in as good a place as she can. I just, Season 3 would definitely affect their dynamic.
here’s the thing: due to flashpoint, i don’t think that barriscowest ever got together at all. barry was stunned by it-he promised he’d find them in every universe, every timeline, but cisco’s mad at him and while he still has iris, the first love of his life, cisco’s not there. it’s not the same. and he keeps trying to reach out to cisco only to pull himself back out of fear that he’ll be rejected.
and then they go to gorilla city and cisco suggests killing himself to stop grodd from going back to their earth. and barry hears him catch himself, stop himself from saying that iris is going to die too, and barry knows why.
he can’t lose both of the people he loves.
so barry tells iris that he’s scared for cisco, that on earth-2 cisco said some worrying things, and he doesn’t want to make anything worse but oh god he can’t lose cisco he can’t not when he might lose iris too-
they go to talk to cisco. talk all night, in fact. iris holds him while he cries into her arms, barry rubbing his back and holding iris’s hand the whole time. barry knows things won’t be the same. he accidentally did too many terrible things for it to ever go back to being the way that it was before and he knows it no matter how much he wishes he didn’t.
iris doesn’t know what’s gotten into her, but some old instinct finds her cupping cisco’s face and pressing their foreheads together (barry is right there he’s right there oh god what is she doing-) and asking if she can kiss him. asking both of them, really. barry and cisco both nod minutely and iris presses her lips to cisco’s while barry hugs them both from behind.
things aren’t the same as they were, but… he can try to fix it. and it starts now.