-He cannot stand coffee. He drinks way, way too much of it but thinks it’s disgusting. Usually puts like half a cup of sugar in it.
-Clothing disaster. Owns four copies of the same outfit. Buys t-shirts in packs whenever he needs new ones. The only variation is when he gets gifts from his friends, which he then wears constantly no matter how aweful. No concept of an ironic gift.
-Never sleeps. He has not slept a full 8 hours in so long. Ends up falling asleep in weird places (floors, tables, Jehan).
-Literally attracts dirt? He cannot go anywhere without getting his clothes/general person dirty. All of the jokes have been made. Protests are even worse, he somehow ends up with blood on his clothes at even the most peaceful ones.
-Cold all the time.
-Has a lot? Of feelings? That he is not very good at expressing like a normal human? He gets very intense about things like apologies and gratitude and pep talks. Stares directly into your eyes without blinking, while reciting a passionate speech that sounds like he practiced it. He did.
-When he gives his friends cards for their birthdays he writes extremely heart felt messages all over them that have been known to make people cry. Combeferre has one framed.
-Hugs that are uncomfortably long and tight.
-Usually acts like such a statue that everyone but Courfeyrac and Combeferre are always blindsided when he does something disgustingly sweet and sappy.
-Attends every poetry reading, sports game, and recital that his friends have.
-Constantly gets into fights? Even though he’s a twig that literally anyone could snap in half? Another reason for the bloody clothes.
-Actually one of the youngest of Les Amis! He’s a grade ahead in school, so he went to university not long after his seventeenth birthday.
-Doesn’t make friends very easily. When each new person joined Les Amis he wouldn’t talk directly to them for weeks. Then one day he just sits down and does the uncomfortable eye contact thing and delivers a speech about social change and a better tomorrow and how much their help means to the group. It is the official Enjolras initiation.
-This is because he has no social skills.
-Has never given Grantaire the official welcoming rant. Probably never will.
What I’m getting at here is that the Chief is a living disaster hiding behind a thin vineer of perfect hair and rage.
-Grantaire is the only one who has never noticed what a complete mess Enj is.
emotionally unavailable Grantaire who’s a real sweetheart but internally panics when someone shares an personal story with him and avoiding every single one of his feelings both vocally and internally is my fave
Ok, this is one of my favorite quotes from Les Mis, so headcanon time!!!
When Grantaire starts going to Les Amis meetings, he doesn’t exactly believe he is one of them–he always feels slightly like no one actually cares if he’s there or like he doesn’t actually fit in and belong, and it doesn’t help that he and Enjolras are always at each others throats, so at the end of one night when he’s had a little too much to drink, he starts softly venting all of this to Bossuet. Of course Bossuet listens to Grantaire and tries to comfort him, but Grantaire still can’t shake that feeling…
What Grantaire doesn’t know is that Enolras heard everything. So, yes, Enjolras works on being nicer to Grantaire during meetings, but he also takes a green post-it note and writes on it in flawless calligraphy “J’en suis” and at the next meeting subtly slips it into R’s bag, who doesn’t notice it until he gets home, but smiles none the less and begins to think maybe he does belong there after all.
From then on, Enjolras always carries that green post-it notepad in his bag, and whenever he can see that R is having a bad day, he manages to somehow write “J’en suis” on a post-it note in perfect calligraphy and slip it into Grantaire’s bag–all without anyone noticing. Grantaire won’t tell anyone, but those post-it notes have helped him through some pretty tough times, and he keeps every single one he gets.
Courf drags Marius along to Les Amis one day, only to have Marius be dragged by Ferre’s “to be free” (you all know the scene), so at the end of the meeting Enj asks an angry, exasperated Marius to give their meetings one more chance, and at the next one is a purple post-it note waiting for him at the same empty table he had sat at last time. The note reads “J’en suis” in perfect calligraphy.
When Musichetta joins there’s an obnoxious neon green post-it note for her, while Eponine gets a soft teal, and Cossette gets a bright pink one.
It slowly starts to spiral into something larger.
Whenever Joly has a panic attack or his leg is acting up, there’s a post-it note waiting for him, light blue with the phrase “J’en suis.”
Whenever Feuilly hasn’t been to a meeting in over a month due to his jobs, there’s “J’en suis” on an orange post-it note waiting for him.
When something goes wrong, which happens a lot with Bossuet’s luck, or when he gets mad at himself for screwing something up, there are post-it notes with lucky shamrock backgrounds and the famous “J’en suis.”
When Jehan comes out as non-binary, they get a purple one (their favorite color), with “J’en suis” written over a background of flowers.
Bahorel gets one when he finally decides stop following his parents’ dream that he would be a lawyer and starts to follow his own dream of opening a patiserie.
Everyone else is weary when Jehan starts to bring Montparnasse along to meetings, and he almost decides he isn’t coming back, until he feels Enjolras slip something into his pocket (of course he knows it’s Enjolras, he is a master pick-pocket and Enjolras would have to be ten times better to fool him), and when Parnasse takes it out, there’s a black post-it note with “J’en suis” in red pen. He never tells anyone it’s Enjolras, but when he comes back to the next meeting he greats Enj with a rare smile, as an attempt to thank Enj for the note.
Speculations about the mysterious note-giver goes around, and when Enjolras is quickly ruled out–because there’s a reason Combeferre takes notes at meetings, and that reason is partially because no one can read Enjolras’s disastrous handwriting–Enj just smiles, knowing his secret is safe.
Only Combeferre and Courfeyrac know it’s Enjolras, and that’s only because they live with him and have to deal with the fact that their appartment has become over-run with pads of post-it notes. Plus Courfeyrac is the only person in the world Enjolras would go to for ideas on which post-it notes to order for each person.
After a particularly bad day, Enjolras silently sneaks out of a meeting early. When R finds him crying on the fire-escape, he doesn’t say anything, just slips a red post-it note into his hand as they continue to stare up at the stars in silence. When Enjolras finally dries his eyes enough to read it, he sees “J’en suis” scribbled across it in Grantaire’s chicken-scratch. That’s the moment Enjolras realizes he likes Grantaire.
Fast forward a little, and still no one knows who the secret note-giver is, but that doesn’t matter anymore. What matters most is that these notes have helped everyone through some horrible times, so Grantaire has the idea to get a tattoo of the mysterious writing. Bahorel, Jehan, Bossuet, Musichetta, Combeferre, Eponine, and Cossette–and Enjolras–all want to do the same thing, so they all go as a big group, but it’s only a week later when Grantaire realizes the tattoo Enjolras got wasn’t “J’en suis” in flawless calligraphy like everyone else’s tattoo–it was the same scribbled “J’en suis” from that night on the fire-escape.
Fast forward a little more, and after they have been dating for a few years, Enjolras gets down on one knee and proposes to R with a ring bearing the inscription “J’en suis.”
I love all of les amis equally, including *squints at smudged writing on hand* usually, frontier *squints harder* country fair, persuade, crochet truck *pulls out magnifying glass* so you, by her house, toys r us, and *squints through magnifying glass* asian food fair
Modern AU where Les Amis are YouTubers and fans write fanfic about their favorite ship Enjoltaire.
Enjolras and Grantaire are not dating and Enjolras has no idea what fanfiction is let alone what shipping is.
Grantaire, who basically writes his own fanfic in his head about him and Enjolras, is aware of and reads the Enjoltaire fics religiously and saves his favorites.
All the other Les Amis are aware of the fanfic and the ships. Combeferre and Courfeyrac, who are dating, read their ship fics together and are amused at the other people they pair them with…Combeferre being unable to look Enjolras in the face for a couple of days after reading a particularly smutty one about them.
One day Enjolras comes up silently behind them while they are reading a Courferre one together on the couch and quietly reads along asking at the end “what is that?” causing them both to jump. They hurriedly try to come up with an excuse but ultimately decide to just tell him the truth. Enjolras is baffled and wonders how it doesn’t bother them that they write these things about their relationship and loudmouth Courfeyrac starts to say “well they don’t just write them about people who are actually dating…” before Combeferre elbows him in the side.
Enjolras is silent for a minute before asking “do they write them about me paired with anyone?” Courfeyrac and Combeferre exchange a glance before Combeferre responds “uh, yeah! There are ones about us. They like to imagine we are more than just best friends.” He has an amused expression on his face. “Yeah,” chimes in Courfeyrac, “there was even one that almost made me start shipping you two!” before he receives another elbow to the side.
“But you’re my best friend! Why would they write about us being in a relationship?” Enjolras asks with total confusion.
“Well that one wasn’t so much about a relationship as it was about you doing dirty…OW!” Combeferre’s elbow really is a little too boney.
“There aren’t really any about us though,” says Courfeyrac with a mock pout on his face. “Probably because it would be too HARD to write,” he adds wriggling his eyebrows. Combeferre’s elbow really is getting a workout today.
Enjolras rolls his eyes before saying “I hope you’re not offended Combeferre, but I’m not going to read them, for the sake of our friendship.” He pauses and then adds “do they pair me with anyone else?” surprising himself with the slight hopefulness to his voice.
Combeferre and Courfeyrac exchange another look before Combeferre responds “Well they write them about all of us paired with one another, there’s just some pairings they ship more than others.”
“Ship?” asks a confused Enjolras. He realizes they keep using this word and he’s not entirely sure what it means.
Combeferre and Courfeyrac both sigh before launching into a detailed explanation of what shipping people together means, which ends up leaving Enjolras with a slight headache. He leaves Combeferre and Courfeyrac to finish their reading. He hears Courfeyrac exclaim, “Ohhhh, we should try that!!” as he leaves the room and he doesn’t even want to think about what ‘that’ is.
Back in his room he answers emails and finishes some work. Feeling restless he moves on to tidying up his room. It’s when he starts organizing his sock drawer that he realizes he should just stop avoiding what he really wants to do.
He grabs his computer and goes to sit on his bed. He has no idea how to even find what he is looking for so he just ends up Googling ‘Enjolras ship’. Whoa. He’s not even sure what to click on first. He skims the first few options and sees one that has his and Combeferre’s names and he just can’t. He does not want to start having sexy dreams about his best friend. Once was enough. He starts looking again and then a name catches his eye ‘Enjoltaire’. What?? He thinks for a moment…. “Enjoltaire…Enjolras…taire…TAIRE…R…GRANTAIRE!?” WHAT?? He clicks on that link.
Hours later Enjolras has read three rather lengthy Enjoltaire fanfics. His mouth is slightly hanging open and he is definitely the color of his favorite jacket. He finds that his heart is beating a little faster than normal and his stomach is attempting to do some sort of gymnastics routine.
Enjolras softly says out loud, “I ship myself with Grantaire.”