Headcanon that Gladio thinks his s/o isn't the outdoorsy type but they go camping and his s/o is climbing trees and just as good or better than him at camping
(This was so cute! Enjoy ♡)
Gladio’s S/O doesn’t seem like the sort of person who enjoys the great outdoors. They’re pale, they hate insects, they own no appropriate shoes for camping, and when he brings it up, they just brush it off. However, when he invites them to go camping for a weekend, they suddenly start glowing and preparing like mad. When they arrive at the sight, they’re the first one out of the car. By the time he’s got his bags from the car, his S/O is halfway up the hill to the place they were planning to set up camp. They’re having a bit of a “The Sound of Music” moment, spinning around in the clearing and taking it all in. Gladio just watches them with joy and helps them set up the tent.
“I thought you didn’t like camping.” He’d laugh.
“Really? You thought wrong.” They’d laugh as they set down all their bags and walk off into the forest.
Gladio would just be dumbfounded when he finds them at the top of a massive tree, swinging their legs and yelling down “Get up here!” He’d try and follow them, but wouldn’t really get too far. They’d shimmy their way down, occasionally swinging on a branch, and sit down on a thick branch near the bottom. Gladio sees that their knees and elbows are scraped up, but they just giggle with ruddy cheeks.
“Shit, I haven’t done that since I was a kid!”
When it’s evening and they get back to camp, his S/O gets the tent up in about 5 minutes and gets a fire lit in 5 minutes more. That’s the quickest Gladio’s ever seen it done, so he asks.
“C'mon, how are you better than me?” He laughs, eating smores with them, a blanket draped around them.
“I used to go camping every month with my parents. Guess I’ve just got a knack for it.”
“Then why did you act all aloof about it?”
“Just forgot how fun it was.”
He’d kiss their cheek - covered in mud from falling out of the tree - and then they’d cuddle under the stars, sharing stories from their years in the great outdoors, preparing to make many more stories together.