Imagine Loki is with the Avengers as punishment & he tries to help, but his general bad luck causes more destruction. You are told to befriend and romance him to keep his destructive tendencies in check. You do your job well and Loki falls for you, hard. He courts you properly and treats you like a queen. He feels happy for the first time in a long while, & it shows. But it makes you uncomfortable, knowing you’re lying. Then one day, he discovers the truth. It breaks him, & it isn’t pretty.
“I wondered what that was like, to hold someone’s hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Shoutout to the aromantics who don’t hate being aro.
Shoutout to the aros who were happy, not devastated, when they found out they were aro.
Shoutout to aros who felt relief, not sadness and mourning, when they realized they didn’t have to keep forcing crushes and getting into uncomfortable romantic relationships anymore because they finally discovered that romance wasn’t the only option.
Shoutout to the aros who like their orientation and wouldn’t change it if they were given the choice, despite even the “accepting” communities assuming that they must be miserable and that they must wish they weren’t aro.
Shoutout all the aros who don’t fit the narrative of self-loathing misery and never see themselves represented because no one ever talks about aros who are happy with themselves and like their orientation.
“Like Ben Franklin with the key and the kite; You see it right?”
THIS HAS MORE MEANING Some historical background: before Franklin published an article in the Pennsylvania Gazette regarding lightning and electricity’s relation to the key and the kite, lightning had already been proven to be electricity due to an experiment done by a French scientist using a metal rod. In this article Franklin didn’t even say that he performed the experiment, he just explained that it could happen. So Benjamin didn’t even discover electricity, he just wrote an article about it and people accredited the find to him
So where does Hamilton come in? When Angelica met Hamilton, she was already married to her husband, John Church. So while she met Hamilton and is reflecting on the connection forged between her and him, she had already discovered romance elsewhere with Church. Therefore, much like Franklin, the discovery had already been made. When she met Hamilton, it was like the key and the kite. No action was taken by her to advance this discovery of romance with Hamilton, like Franklin, she was simply saying that the connection had been forged, but history remembers it differently.
CONCLUSION: Lin-Manuel Miranda is an actual genius. Chick-boom.
gay princesses!!!! that should say it all tbh this list doesn’t even need to continue but i will anyways because of how much i love this book
one of the princesses (Denna) is conventional, proper, has been betrothed to a prince since she was a child
the other princess (Mare) is unconventional- loves horses and spends her days in the stables instead of attending to royal duties. super sarcastic and always mouths off, especially to her brother (who is marrying Denna). i love her tbh
denna falls in love with mare instead of the prince, who she is engaged to!! honestly it’s. classic
slow burn wlw romance that we Deserve
hate to love relationship (or more accurately, hate to friendship to love)
it’s actually written by a woman who is married to another woman!!! (not sure what her sexual orientation is but!)
there’s a scene where denna sees mare in a gown for the first time and it was the cutest shit ever
just a lot of cute fluffy stuff in general scattered through the whole thing
denna’s fire affinity and using fire as a metaphor for how denna feels for mare !!!
the whole “my dress is stuck can you help me unlace it” trope
the scenes where the finally kiss/sleep together are so pure and well written and i felt some type of way, bye
the whole forbidden romance aspect….. having said romance discovered and them being kept away from each other…… meeting in secret……. how could u not want that angsty shit
princesses saving each other!!!
they don’t die at the end
happily ever after. gay princesses together forever
Since I discovered you could, I systematically romance both Thane and Liara in all my playthroughs. One is nobility and kindness a pillar of stone for my Shepard to cling to, the other fluidity and depth, an ocean to sail for eternity. They are my Shepard’s Yin and Yang, and I cannot imagine her not in love with both of them.
Can I get the companions and advisors reactions to discovering the inquisitors a vampire? Romanced too if you can?
Cullen: He’s more than a little frightened at first. Is this a new sort of
abomination? How dangerous is a vampire? But then, he supposes that the
Inquisitor has more than proved themselves by this point. If there haven’t been
any awful instances yet, there aren’t likely to be. He will be much more
cautious, though, and more reserved in his dealings with them. He’s met
monsters enough to know that they sometimes wear the faces of good people. If Romanced: His first response is to
recoil in disgust, but when he sees the hurt on her face he thinks through the
reaction more. It’s a reflex more than anything else, he realizes. She hasn’t
hurt him, wouldn’t hurt him, and has more than proven herself as Inquisitor. He
asks her about her condition or state of being or whatever it is. He asks if
there are specific weaknesses he needs to protect her from. He asks if she has
greater strengths. He asks only because he wants to protect her. When he
discovers that she needs to drink blood to survive but that the act is non-fatal
and not at all related to blood magic, he promptly offers his own blood for her
needs. If it will keep her safe and healthy and do no harm to him, why
Josephine: She’s… more than a little appalled. At first. She’s spent
enough time with the Inquisitor to know that they mean no harm and this is just
another facet of them, but she also knows that the public absolutely cannot know, under any circumstances.
She has enough trouble trying the sell the Inquisition as a stabilizing force
as it is, and this is a complication she doesn’t need. Otherwise, she’s mostly
unaffected by the news, if a little more cautious. If Romanced: This was definitely not what she expected to hear.
After all those times she moaned and giggled as her lover nibbled on her neck,
she’s rather surprised to learn that they didn’t actually take any blood from
her. But they would not, not without her consent. They don’t want to hurt
anyone, she knows. A little shyly, and with some hesitation, she offers her
blood all the same, if it is needed. Still, she recommends that no one else
Leliana: Well, she knew something was off, but hadn’t actually guessed that it
would be this, in particular. It’s not something she has experience with,
though she’s met many strange things in her lifetime and travels. She asks a
lot of questions, wants to understand, and make sure that the Inquisitor isn’t
a danger to the Inquisition. Otherwise, she doesn’t really care.
Solas: Now that’s odd. He certainly didn’t expect that, of all things. Like
Leliana, he knew something was off but couldn’t put a name to it. Especially
not that one. He wants to learn, he wants to know everything about what it’s
like and what strengths and weaknesses it provides. He asks if the Inquisitor
can dream, and if it’s different, and in what ways. He asks if they were born
or turned. He asks if they could change it or if they’ll always be like this.
He asks if they could infect others. He really just wants to learn. If Romanced: He asks even more
questions, and they have a little more to do with the state of her form and the
changes in her body as well as her mind. He asks if she is safe as she is. He
wonders if she seeks a cure. If she does, he seeks answers for her. If she is
content as she is, he doesn’t push it. Unlike most of the other romances, he
adamantly refuses to give her his blood for fear of what she might find in it
and what it could do to her. How many ancient elves could she have tasted,
anyway? He won’t risk that it might affect her in any way, or that she could
learn anything from it, and so he refuses to sustain her.
Iron Bull: That’s just a little too demon-y for his tastes. He
distances himself from the Inquisitor because of it, and likely won’t change
that stance. He wants nothing to do with it all. Though if he becomes
Tal-Vashoth he may eventually soften a little. They’re an outcast, after all,
like him. It’s still a little too much like demons and crap, but he can
sympathize a bit. If he remains in the Qun, he absolutely does not get close to
the Inquisitor. If Romanced: Well…
That’s creepy. But his kadan has proven that they’re not a demon, and not a
monster, and that’s enough. He still takes a few steps back for a while to
think about it all, but in the end the Inquisitor is still his kadan and he
resumes their relationship. He doesn’t think to offer his blood unless he finds
his lover in desperate need of sustenance. Only then will he realize that they
need it, and he’ll give it freely. It’s kind of kinky when they take his blood
during sex, anyway.
Sera: Nope. Nope, so much nope. Ew, gross. Not happening. Get away. Stay away.
Don’t come anywhere near. She’s so disgusted that if the Inquisitor has low
enough approval she’ll simply leave the Inquisition altogether. With higher
approval, she’ll stay, but she won’t engage the Inquisitor herself. Ever. If Romanced: “This is really something
you should have told me before, yeah? I mean, with all the stuff we’ve been
doing? What if your bits could poison me? I mean, they haven’t, but still! You
shouldn’t have told me. Inky, why didn’t you trust me? I mean, yeah, I would
have been grossed out by it still, but you should have told me! Um… But listen…
If you need any… Blood… I guess you can come to me. In an emergency. So… yeah…”
Dorian: Well, isn’t that fascinating! How interesting! Like Solas, he wants to
know all about it. Coming from Tevinter as he does, he’s much less repulsed by
it than most of the others. He wants to know if it’s magic at all or simply a
state of existence. He wants to know how it happened. He wants to know what it
can do. He’ll offer his blood just for the experience of being bitten. Probably
only once, but still. If Romanced:
That’s… That might have been nice to know earlier. But oh well. He still wants
to know all about it. He also wants to know if anything changes if his amatus
drinks only from him for an extended period. It’s not that he doesn’t want
those lips touching another neck or anything. It’s purely for science!
Vivienne: Ugh, how uncouth. And a bit disgusting. It’s all too much like blood
magic for her tastes. She’ll ask a few preliminary questions, make sure the
Inquisitor isn’t a threat, and then mostly just keep her distance.
Varric: That’s… definitely one of the weirder things he’s ever seen. And he’s
seen some pretty weird shit… Still, if the Inquisitor hasn’t gone on a bloody
rampage yet, they’re not likely to. It doesn’t affect his opinion much.
Cassandra: Maker’s breath! She’s torn between an instinct to put her
sword through the Inquisitor’s heart and hope that kills them and the knowledge
that they’ve done nothing to deserve it, quite the opposite, in fact. She
half-draws her blade before she thinks better of it. She gives the Inquisitor a
stern warning not to hurt anyone in the Inquisition, and then mostly lets
someone else deal with it. If Romanced:
She’s a bit distressed, but doesn’t actually draw her blade at all. Her hand
drifts that way for a split second, but she wouldn’t really do it. He’s proven
himself, after all. She loves him. She couldn’t kill him, anyway. She wants to
know if it’s safe, if he’s safe. Both to be around and for himself. Then she
offers her blood if he needs it, if only to keep others from having to donate.
Blackwall: That is just about the creepiest thing he’s ever heard of.
He’s more than a little repulsed, but can’t really muster any true disgust or
hatred. After all, he’s carrying a nasty, dangerous secret as well. If Romanced: He can’t say he blames her
for not telling him, after all that’s happened. He wants to know if she’s safe,
if her condition will hurt her. He’ll defend her from anyone who would try to
hurt her because of it. After all, she did that for him, once, when he would
have been hanged for his crimes. The difference is that she hasn’t actively
hurt anyone with it. He’ll give her his blood if she needs it, and not even
feel all that weird about it. He’ll feel like it’s a way to bond more than
Cole: He knew, of course. But it doesn’t really matter. They don’t hurt
anyone, so he doesn’t mind. He’ll even help find willing donors when the
Inquisitor needs one. His own form doesn’t have what the Inquisitor needs or
he’d offer himself just to make things easier, to help. If the Inquisitor
wishes to find a cure, he’ll try to help. He’s not sure if he can. If they
don’t like what they are, he’ll try to make it better. They’re not evil, after
all. Just different. Sort of like him. If they’re content with what they are,
all the better. He doesn’t mind.