“I first knew I was falling for Blair this past spring. I didn’t think she wanted anything to do with me besides being my friend, so I let her go with Louis. It wasn’t until I actually saw her with him at the palace that I knew I could make her happier. I didn’t let myself admit I loved her until then. But when she came to me asking for my advice and seeking someone to help her, I had to tell her.
Even though we’ve been through so many horrible things in the past few months, I wouldn’t take any of it back. Because being with her and the good things far outnumber the bad. I know I’m only twenty years old, and Blair and I have only been together for a short amount of time, and these are some scary things to be saying. But I know in my heart that everything I’m telling you is true. Blair is the love of my life. I don’t have a single doubt that she is.
I don’t know the next time I’ll see you, and I wanted to do this in person… Should the right moment present itself before the next time we see each other, I would like to propose to your daughter. But I wanted to ask you for your blessing first. I know how much you and Blair mean to each other, and I would be honored to have your permission to ask for her hand in marriage.” (x)
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“I did hate him. God, I hated everything about him. I hated that my best friend was dating him so she had less time to be my best friend. I hated his stupid hair. I hated the fact that he had a tendency to just start talking and never stop. I hated the fact that he lived in Brooklyn. I hated the way I always felt like he was judging me. And then, I…I don’t even know how it happened, but slowly I just…stopped hating him. If anything, what I hated was the way Serena kept stringing him along when she couldn’t decide what the hell she wanted to do. And Dan, Dan…became my best friend. And it was like his stupid hair became kind of cute in a strange way, and listening to him ramble somehow made me feel like smiling, and Brooklyn wasn’t so bad because he was there. And I realised…he might have judged me once, but I did too, and we’ve both grown up since then. I’ve told him things I haven’t told anyone, and he has never judged me for them. He listens to me and tells me everything’s going to be OK and that he loves me. It’s like…sometimes I can’t believe he’s real. But he is, he’s so real, with his awful fashion sense and his goofy smile and yet at the same time he’s like something out of one of the classic movies that I always dreamed my life would be like. He’s my…Paul Varjak and he’s my Joe Bradley and he’s my Linus Larrabee. It’s kind of crazy that I abandoned my fairytale and got everything I ever wanted.” (x)