prepare for a lot of headcanons… sorry, lol.
when I started shipping it if I did: for as long as i’ve been in the fandom, which has been over a year ! golly, i’ve been in this hellfest for a while, haven’t i ?
my thoughts: IT’S A GREAT PAIRING THAT HOLDS SO MUCH POTENTIAL ! they were old friends back at black mesa, thus they have definite history together. with freemance, it’s a bit more iffy. relationships can blossom in stressful situations, such as the setting hl2 is in, but they also fizzle out faster. ( plus the two barely even know one another and alyx was a baby when gordon was chronologically 27 BUT YA KNOW, SOMETHING I’VE ALREADY EMPHASIZED IN THE PAST. ) but with freehoun, you have this 20 year gap of separation and quite possibly a lot of pain on barney’s end, if they were in a relationship prior to the black mesa incident. they could rebuild and heal together, and that is what makes it so much more wholesome and enjoyable. listen, i’m all for relationship development, but freemance would happen too quickly and die out too fast, and they both deserve better than that :“-)
What makes me happy about them: THE BLACK MESA ERA, HONESTLY. just the two goofs being grossly cute together in front of their co-workers, gordon causing havoc while barney tries and fails not to get roped into his bf’s shenanigans, PULLING PRANKS ON ONE ANOTHER IS A BIG ONE… and also, on my end, barney’s the very first person that gordon truly falls in love with. he was a fairly promiscuous person, but to finally feel something more than lust for somebody was honestly the best feeling in the world for gordon.
What makes me sad about them: aw MAN, the black mesa incident era and the hl2 era, especially. my gordon goes mad with power during hl2, since all the praise of being the savior of humanity fed into this wall of narcissism that pretty much kept him from crumbling into a paranoid mess. the latter does eventually happen after ep2, and barney’s pretty much the only one willing to help him fix himself. ( also adrián but w / e pFFFF )
things done in fanfic that annoys me: there’s like, literally 3 freehoun fanfics that i’ve found, and they were all good, so i can’t say there’s anything that annoys me. maybe the fact that there aren’t more freehoun fanfics.
things I look for in fanfic: UHHH, FREEHOUN ?? GIVE IT TO ME ANY WAY, I’LL PROBABLY LOVE IT.
Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other: iunno. i’m not a big fan of freemance and shepman is Far from canon, so, ya know.
My happily ever after for them: MMMMMMMMM SETTLING DOWN IN A COZY HOUSE AND LIVING PEACEFULLY. PRETTY MUCH WHAT THE TWO HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. JUST. THEM BEING HAPPY.
who is the big spoon/little spoon: barmey… big spoon… gordang… LITTLE SPOO
what is their favorite non-sexual activity: mmmm for gordon, it’s just. Being with Barney. he loves his company so much. and for barney, he really likes playing with gordon’s hair, esp during black mesa, bc it was long and pretty.