But what if Rowan and Aelin ARE going to be mates? I mean, every time I read Heir of Fire I’m confused about whether or not I ship them, so that’s not really the point, but regardless, it’s interesting to think about. Because becoming mates and ‘being intimate,’ as Rowan puts it, are not the same thing. So what if it just happens because of how mentally and emotionally intimate they are with each other, and has nothing to do with if anything happens physically, and they don’t even notice the bond snap into place at first? What if they don’t notice until they try to spar and can’t land a blow because you literally cannot bear to harm your mate?
This is just hilarious. Like, can you imagine Rowan and Aelin starting to go at it, just like always, only to stop inches from each other, staring at each other wondering why the heck they can’t hit each other? They do this every day. And then they realize what it means and they just start swearing at each other. They’re just glaring and hissing and so mad because “Seriously? This one? This idiot is my mate?” And poor Dorian and Aedion and Chaol are just standing on the sidelines, hopelessly confused, like wth is going on. And I can just imagine Rowan and Aelin finally calming down (after like thirty minutes of ranting and wishing they could pummel the other into the dust) and Aelin sighing, looking Rowan straight in the eye and just saying:
“Well, you did say that if we were going to hell, we’d go together.”