can you please do the rambling on how great adam and ronan are for each other :)
I’d be more than happy to. This is going to be extremely rushed and not well articulated so apologies, but it’s all there.
Basically, they understand each other so so well. We have ronan saying he knew what a face looked like when it was just about to break, and how he knew “Adam had fracture lines all over him.” this is, correct me if i’m wrong which i think i am, probably one of the only times one of the gangsey actually points out that they are aware that adam is clearly Not Okay, he’s close to a breaking point, and even though he may try to hide it it’s very obvious. It’s ronan having a clear understanding of how adam is suffering from his recent trauma. And then to go with that we have adam letting ronan trash things while remaining completely calm, not even flinching once, and then telling gansey that he “can’t kill his demons” which in turn shows perfectly clearly that Adam is very well aware of how ronan needs to overcome his own anger and hurt to start recovering properly,
probably because he knows that’s what he needs to do himself, and that he can’t save him.
Then we have ronan actually helping adam out in the best way he possibly could by fixing his rent, and the fact that adam doesn’t even get mad at him, the way he does when he thinks its gansey, because he obviously doesn’t associate ronan and his help as a way of ronan trying to control him speaks volumes. Not to mention the fact that ronan helped adam find a place to stay after the incident with his father and helped him move into said place because he knows and understands that adam doesn’t want to stay at monmouth. He never once complains about the way adam see’s things and his principles. And then in turn adam willingly helps ronan get rid of greenmantle. I mean this is a serious guy who could very easily kill both of them, or worse, there were a million ways them going after him could have gone wrong but adam doesn’t even worry. He puts that brilliant mind of his to work and executes the perfect plan to get rid of him, all for ronan. Ronan literally asks him for help and adam’s like “lol no, i have homework” but then finds the time to do it anyway. I mean come on, how can anybody not see how much adam actually cares about ronan at that point?
Also this gem of a quote: “Ronan knew a great deal about how Adam worked. It was possible Adam had always been aware of this…” i mean adam knows ronan knows him best, knows how he thinks and functions. He offers him up the task of taking greenmantle down knowing adam would enjoy the puzzle of it all. And in return we have Adam always 100% aware of the fact that ronan hates school but never judging or calling him out on it, despite the fact that adam himself values academia so very much. He never once pushes ronan to attend school, he repeatedly tells gansey he can’t make ronan go if ronan doesn’t want to. That ronan has to get his act together himself, and no matter what he does gansey can’t do it for him. Again, very clear evidence that they get each other so well. And this isn’t even like the romantic feelings between them, this is just them as two friends who are very acutely aware of the way the other functions.
Which leads me onto the romantic gestures, the hand cream from ronan for adam’s hands, the mixtapes, the way adam’s apartment is a place ronan clearly turns to for comfort and spends a lot of his time at, so much so that adam is more used to him being there than gansey. And you know it would’ve been so so great if stiefvater expanded on this in trk but alas she didn’t. Anyway, the fact that they offer each other these little gestures of comfort that actually mean more than they probably realise again says enough about how great they are for each other.
And then finally when they do both start to act on their feelings for each other in trk we have adam throwing out the intention of happiness to cabeswater and it playing the bass of ronan’s crappy music. And adam does all of that just to see one of ronan’s rare softer smiles, that usually directs towards matthew, directed at him and it makes him feel as charged as making the deal with cabeswater. Like jesus christ adam has it bad if that’s how he feels from just one smile. He even feels affection at the way ronan’s tone of voice changed when he spoke to his mother. Like get a fucking grip adam. But he’s not alone in that seeing as ronan would fucking “start wars and burn cities” for adam’s smile. A smile. Just one smile from each other and they feel like they could do impossible things.
And most fucking importantly the way that adam knows from the very beginning that ronan is not something to be played with, that it isn’t a game, that ronan is all or nothing when it comes to having a significant other, is more evidence that adam is so great for ronan because he is not going to mess around with him. He’s not going to lead him on and act on his feelings if he knows he isn’t committed himself. Ronan kisses him and the first thing he does is seek out advice on what it means to truly know and feel like you’re in love with someone, because he does not. want. to. mess. with. ronan. And the fact that he skips like and jumps straight to love is just fucking incredible tbh.
And then by the end of the book we have them both willing to die for each other. Ronan would rather die than hurt adam, even to save his own life from a possessed adam, even though adam is begging him to stop him. And Adam scrying in the backseat despite the risk of him dying without anyone noticing, and describing ronan’s ragged breathing and his inability to do anything as the worst thing. Like i don’t even feel the need to explain this. I mean they don’t even hesitate. They would do anything for each other, at this point, how is that alone not enough proof that they are so great for each other?
There are probably a million other things i could mention but when it comes down to it they ultimately have a great dynamic because they get each other so fucking well and that makes them perfect for each other. Like i honestly don’t know what version of the books you read if you can’t see that.