“You were you,
and I was I;
we were two
before our time.
I was yours
before I knew,
and you have always
been mine too.”
taurus + virgo
“I still search for you in crowds,
in empty fields and soaring clouds.
In city lights and passing cars,
on winding roads and wishing stars.”
cancer + pisces
“I don’t know how you are so familiar to me—or why it feels less
like I am getting to know you and more as though I am remembering who
you are. How every smile, every whisper brings me closer to the
impossible conclusion that I have known you before, I have loved you
before—in another time, a different place, some other existence.”
libra + leo
“Letting you go – There is a particular kind of suffering to be
experienced when you love something greater than yourself. A tender
sacrifice. Like the pained silence felt in the lost song of a mermaid;
or the bent and broken feet of a dancing ballerina. It is in every
considered step I am taking in the opposite direction of you.”
scorpio + capricorn
“One day you meet someone and for some inexplicable reason, you feel
more connected to this stranger than anyone else–closer to them than
your closest family. Perhaps this person carries within them an
angel–one sent to you for some higher purpose; to teach you an
important lesson or to keep you safe during a perilous time. What you
must do is trust in them–even if they come hand in hand with pain or
suffering–the reason for their presence will become clear in due time.”
aquarius + gemini
“Souls" When two souls fall in love, there is nothing else but the yearning to be close to the other. The presence that is felt through a hand held, a voice heard, or a smile seen.
Souls do not have calendars or clocks, nor do they understand the notion of time or distance. They only know it feels right to be with one another.
This is the reason why you miss someone so much when they are not there— even if they are only in the very next room. Your soul only feels their absence— it doesn’t realize the separation is temporary.”
It just occurred to me that people seem to have different ideas for what “shipping” (romantically/sexually pairing multiple characters) means, or why fans ship the pairings that they do.
There’s this mockery that given two characters A and B, the desire to ship them stems from one of two reasons:
1. Attraction “I ship them because I find A sexually attractive and therefore deserving of happiness. Since A loves/lusts after B, they should be together to make A happy. (It’s all about A, someone I want.)”
2. Identification “I identify with B and giving B a happy ending would validate my own potential for happiness. I want B to have A to get to that happily ever-after. (It’s all about B, a proxy for me.)”
There’s nothing wrong with either, except that the immediate link from ship to self tends to contribute to heated shipping wars, where disagreements get misinterpreted as personal attacks. Implied in both is a sort of self-insert limitation, that the narrative is aligned with and motivated by only one’s own romantic/sexual inclinations.
And if that’s all the reasons we ship, then it’d be hard to find a hetero woman shipping two men together, or a gay guy shipping a hetero pairing. Except people do, all the time, so clearly shipping’s more than just self-insert fantasy.
I can think of at least two other ways fans relate to their OTPs. First, where the fan is a well-wishing third-party:
3. The Best Friend “A and B are so adorable and compatible that they clearly belong together. I just want them to be happy.”
Followed by perhaps the least emotional-driven reason:
4. The Storyteller “A and B create an interesting dynamic with great potential. I’d like to further explore that by putting them in a romantic/sexual relationship.”
Okay well, I don’t like to pick favourites, but I do have one, but I’ll list a few as well…
Oh and this may contain spoilers for some people, I don’t know, just a warning though.
Inuyasha x Kagome. These two, are of course, my OTP. They are a perfect pair. Kagome, unlike Kikyo, never wanted Inuyasha to change for her. She believed he was perfect just the way he is… And he really is. Kagome’s really fucking lucky.
Fuck you Kouga.
When they finally kissed!!!
Sango x Miroku. They are, of course, an odd couple. But they are also perfect for each other, and Sango keeps Miroku in line. Haha. But really though, they made adorable babies.
Sesshoumaru x Kagura. I really wish Kagura hadn’t of died. They would have been perfect… She really cared for him, and at her last moment, you saw he cared for her too.
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I hated this…
Sesshoumaru x Rin (GROWN UP OF COURSE). Of course Rumiko left this up to the viewers to decide… It’s pretty split between the fandom that they’re either going to be future partners, or if Sesshoumaru was more of a father figure to her. I’m torn on it too… But since Kagura died… They’d make an awesome couple. OF COURSE WHEN SHE’S AN ADULT AND CHOOSES TO BE BY HIS SIDE!
Rin x Kohaku (if Kagura hadn’t died). If Kagura hadn’t of died, this would have been perfect.
Kyoukai No Rinne Pairing
Rinne x Sakura. Of course I ship them, that’s like asking me if I ship Inuyasha and Kagome…
Gotta admit… That ^ was adorable.
Ranma ½ Pairing
Ranma x Akane. Two, in denial, love birds. Such a sweet and funny pair.
Shakugan No Shana Pairing
Shana x Yuji. They’re perfect, I didn’t care for Yoshida at all.
Vampire Knight Pairing
Kaname x Yuki. Yes they’re related, but they’re vampires. So shush.
Although I’m not opposed to Zero x Yuki, I just preferKaname.
Naruto x Hinata. ALWAYS AND FOREVER. SUCK IT NARUTO x SAKURA SHIPPERS! WE WERE RIGHT! … Coughs Sorry, I lost my cool there… Let’s continue.
Temari x Shikamaru. Aren’t they just perfect together???