modern domestic


You know how I never do comics? Well I’ve done one and it’s not even for one of my main fandoms I don’t know how this happenned

Inspired by this tweet (and @limoncello-bella who sent it to me) :

Basically punk!Bucky and skinny!Steve domestic modern AU where no one ever imagine that they’re together (not even in a romantic way, just that they might know each other???) Checkout lady is mind-blown by the idea that this nice small boy might know this big scary guy (she has noooo ideeeaaaa)

Sketchup is a blessing and I’m never doing background any other way again. Not v happy with the colors but I had no idea what to do, so i’m posting it like that. Full view please, and don’t repost! Thanks! ♥

Bananas Vs Chocolate

HAPPY BIRTHDAY @kaxpha! Your real gift will be up by this weekend I HOPE! <3 This is a pre-gift bc I can’t do much with the little time I have but well, I tried.

Disclaimer: Voltron doesn’t belong to me. Just Tiny Sunshine Rey, that one’s mine.


Lance groans at the calling and rolls over, burying his face on the neck of his husband and hopes the tiny quiet voice by his side disappears.

“Papa, up.”

Maybe if he stays quiet and don’t say anything it will go away?

“Papa, you already failed at being quiet, you’re mumbling.”

Well, Keith has always said that he thinks out loud most of the time.

“Papa’s not here.” Lance mumbles groggily, his hand patting the bed around him until it caught the end of his blanket and pulled it over his head. “Leave a message after the tone. Beep.”

He hears a soft giggle by his side and it makes his heart warm. “Papa, come on! It’s Sunday! And Sunday means Pancakes! Normal pancakes! Not the banana thingy Daddy makes.”

“I heard that.” Keith complains sleepily on his side, eyes still close and face buried on his pillow.

Lance bites his lower lip to suppress the chuckle that threatens to escape from his mouth. “Buddy, it’s Lazy Sunday. Why aren’t’ you being lazy?”

“Because, Papa! Pancakes with chocolate chips and strawberries!” It’s not even seven am and Lance wonders how his son can have this much energy so early in the morning.

“Nope, Papa’s not here. Ask Daddy.” He says instead, huffing when he feels a tiny knee on his stomach over the blanket and tiny hands patting his head.

“Daddy’s offended by the insult on his Banana Pancakes, ask Uncle Hunk.” It’s Keith’s muffled reply.

“Uncle Hunk lives half an hour from here.” Rey says pouting and Lance’s so close to give in but he needs to be strong, because it’s Lazy Sunday, that means no getting up until ten, cuddle with his husband in bed and –

The blanket above him suddenly falls, two small hands pulling it away from him and then Lance’s knows he’s a goner as soon as his blue eyes meet a bright pair of amber ones.

“Hi, Papa.” Rey giggles and Lance’s heart beats happily at the sound.

He smiles back softly and so tenderly at his son as he raises one hand and strokes Rey’s wild bed hair. “Hi, sunshine, good morning.”

“Okay, looks like we’re up then.” Keith says, yawning loudly and big before rolling over and meeting his family, “Hello, hello.”

Rey beams at him and leans down, dropping a big sloppy kiss on his cheek, “Hiya, Daddy.”

“Hi, buddy. You slept well?” He asks, smiling softly when he feels his husband’s lips on his forehead, pressing a soft kiss on it as a greeting.

Rey nods, “Yep!”

Lance shift a little and sits on the bed, bringing Rey closer to him gently and placing him on his lap, “Okay, alright! Tiny Rey Alejandro has defeated us bravely and now we must give him his reward.”

“Chocolate chip pancakes?” Rey exclaims happily, raising his arms in the air and Lance smirks down at him.

“No ~” He sing-songs and shares a quick look with his husband, who smirks back at him, getting the message, “It means…”

“Tickle Fight!” Keith finishes, throwing himself on top of the pair and starting to tickle his son’s sides as Lance holds him down on his arms.

While Rey’s squeals and laughter echoes around their room as he trashes wildly on his Papa’s arms, both parents grin wide at their son’s happiness.

“D – Daddy, no! S –Stop! The p – pancakes!!” Rey giggles and Keith chuckles under his breath.

“Say my Banana Pancakes are great.” He says playfully and Rey laughter grows as Keith moves his hand around, now tickling the five years old’s tummy.

“Now that’s just torture, Keith.” Lance teases from behind Rey and Keith sends him a flat look.

“You’re next, Mister, but first I’m gonna take care of this little fella.” Keith declares and the next thing Rey knows, his pajama top is up and then Keith blows a raspberry against his tummy.

Rey’s laughter just grows at that. “Daddy! N – No!! Haha! Stop! Papa, s – save me!”

Lance chuckles at his son’s plead, “I don’t know, Rey, I say you should surrender.”

“B – But the panca – Haha!! Daddy! The pancakes, P –Papa!”

Lance hums and makes a face as if thinking it over, “You’re right, Rey! We can’t let Banana Mullet –“

“Really, Lance?”

“ – Steal our precious chocolate chip pancakes with no bananas!” In a quick move, Lance pulls Rey out of his husband’s grip and then grins at Keith.

“It’s time for our come back attack, Rey Alejandro. What is your command?” He says, saluting formally at his still giggling son.

“Tickle Resistance!” Rey shouts between giggles and Lance nods firmly.

“Tickle Resistance!” He echoes and then he tackles a confused Keith on the middle of the bed, laughing loudly as he feels the tiny body of his son on top of him.

“Oh my god – You nerds! Haha – Lance! Watch your knee! Oh my god –“Keith grunts but laughs gleefully on the bottom of the pile, dropping his head back in defeat, “I, Keith Kogane the Second, surrender under Rey Alejandro’s power. Banana Pancakes shall never see the light of day ever again.”

Rey’s head pop out from Lance’s shoulders, meeting his Daddy’s eyes, “Except Thursday’s Nights right? It’s not movie night without Banana Pancakes.”

Keith manages to free one of his hands and scratches his chin as in deep thought, “I don’t know, Mister, my Banana Pancakes feel a little underappreciated right now.”

“No, Daddy!”

“They might never be at our table again.”

“Daddy! No!”

“You’re gonna make him cry.” Lance chimes, slapping his husband shoulder playfully.

Keith chuckles, “Alright, alright, Banana Pancakes will make their comeback on Thursday’s Nights. You’re lucky you’re so adorable, Mister.”

“Why, thank you.” Lance grins and Keith raises and eyebrow at him.

“I was talking to Rey.”

“Why, thank you, Daddy.” Rey says pleased, nodding in approval.

“Are you going to move anytime soon or?” Keith asks after a few minutes in silence, when Lance and Rey haven’t moved from their spot on top of him.

Lance and Rey share a smile between them before looking down on him.


“What a morning.” Keith says flatly but smiles big and wide as soon as his family laugh freely and happy at his words.

It’s a good day to have chocolate chip pancakes, anyways.

some modern domestic au headcanons
  • damen loves to cook and bake. and he makes a mean cup of coffee in the morning which laurent loves because he’s not a morning person at all.
  • laurent is really bad at ironing shirts. so he gets like half his shit dry cleaned and damen thinks it’s ridiculous.
  • laurent is always chilly and damen is always hot so they compromise by turning the heat down and buying a thickass comforter for laurent to cocoon in. when it’s not enough warmth he curls around damen at night like an octopus. damen never ever complains.
  • laurent likes to decorate their home with sleek, minimalist designs and art, damen loves antiques and kitschy knick-knacks. but their favorite room is the one with the brick fireplace and wrap around sofa big enough for them both to stretch out on.
  • laurent loves to have his hair played with. constantly. and he’s not above just laying his head in damen’s lap like a kitten to get what he wants.
  • damen’s favorite is shoulder massages and feet rubs. laurent does not particularly enjoy feet but he’ll do it for damen and damen only.
  • sometimes they eat kraft macaroni naked in bed and watch america’s next top model marathons on sunday’s after they’ve made love all morning long.
  • nikandros gets them this fancy waffle maker for a housewarming gift and they never use it. damen feels pretty guilty about it. but laurent’s like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • they have game nights once a month. jord and nik and halvik and pallas and lazar all come over and they play poker, blackjack, and rummy. laurent’s a fucking card shark though so they stopped playing for real money a loooooong time ago.
  • damen likes to vacuum in his boxer briefs.
  • laurent likes to watch damen vacuum in his boxer briefs.
  • they have a tub big enough for two. it’s laurent’s favorite place to decompress after a hard day or week. he’ll lean back against damen’s chest and close his eyes and hum contentedly as damen touches him sweetly all over, gently washes his hair.
  • sometimes laurent will read to damen out loud. poetry or a chapter from the new book he just picked up or a funny internet story that cracks him up. damen will smile at him the whole time, happy just to listen, just watching laurent with love in his eyes.
  • they makeout like teenagers constantly. in every room of their house, whenever they feel like it. in the hallway or with laurent sitting on the counter in the kitchen, damen between his legs, or on the couch while a movie is running. and they’ll miss the ending, but they don’t even care. too busy kissing and kissing and kissing.
Things I Want to See in the MCU at Some Point:

🔹 Steve helping old ladies carry their groceries from a taxi to their apartments, grinning as they tell him to be careful because they’re heavy.

🔹 Natasha giving ballet lessons to underprivileged girls.

🔹 Bucky interacting with other amputees, learning to embrace his metal arm as something other than a weapon HYDRA forced on him.

🔹 Steve and Bucky leading anti-bully campaigns at various high schools.

🔹 Tony leading fundraisers for Post-Traumatic Stress victims

🔹 Clint actually building something on his farm.

🔹 Steve and Bucky taking Wanda to a baseball game

Basically any and every modern!avengers scenario where my babies are happy and able to use their own tragedies to help others.

anonymous asked:

Hellooooo!! May I just say your blog is awesome and I commend you for running it while being ft! I was wondering if you had any general headcanon for Sesshomaru. Anytype is fine by me! Thank you!

Do I have headcanons for Sesshomaru? DO I HAVE HEADCANONS FOR SESSHOMARU!?!? DO I EVAAAARRRR~


  • While most believe him to be heartless, Sesshomaru has a very big heart, he just guards it very closely. Few receivers of his kindness are Jakken, Rin, Kohaku, his mother, his father, and… Kagome on occasion.
  • Greatly enjoys the freedom of roaming the lands. Being in the quiet woods late at night or resting under the stars when his ward is tuckered out from travelling; he has never felt more alive than when he is allowed to just be free.
  • His worst fear is to do something that would disappoint his dad. Though his father is gone, he would hate to become the kind of of son that his dad wouldn’t like. He works very hard to take a path that he believes would make him proud, as well as stay and the right side of moral and logic. 
  • He can still recall every single flower crown and bundle Rin has ever given him. He knows every color, every scent, every combination, and why she gave them to him. He would never reveal this to a single soul, but it remains precious to him. 
  • Loves to stay clean. Though he can come off as rather violent in nature, he likes to remain clean. He especially hates when he gets blood and guts on his clothes and mokomoko. Bathing regularly, using scentless cleansing oils, and being clean is very important to him. He also makes it a rule for anyone that travels or stays with him, that they must bathe regularly as well. 
  • Sarcasm and jokes fly right over his head. He can be very patronizing, and he understands underlying hostility; but there is something about sarcasm and humor that he just doesn’t quite understand. While someone may try and explain it to him, he will just brush it aside and think it completely ridiculous. 
  • He is an extremely… EXTREMELY… picky eater. No one has ever really seen him eat, and part of the reason why is if there isn’t anything he want, he will just skip a meal. He knows it’s not good for his body, but being full-blooded youkai allows him the ability to go without meals and water much longer than humans. 
  • Is extremely sensitive to smell. Some human stenches are so string that he has taught himself to hold his breath for extended amounts of time. He relies on his senses for hunting and tracking, and he doesn’t want them to be dulled by human disgust.
  • Highly ruled by logic. He has little room for his life to be ruled by emotions, so he is always using his head. Rarely, very rarely, will he use his heart in any given situation, unless it’s life or death. 
  • Due to this, he finds most females of any species to be rather annoying. He hates when females try to approach him, especially if he can smell any sort of hormone leaking from their pores. The smell if stomach-turning to him, and he tries to hide his scent the best he can during heat/mating season.
  • He enjoys a great challenge. Anything that pushes him to the limits and expands his mind is very enjoyable to him. However, the chances of actually finding anything that challenges him is little to none. He worries about bettering himself if there are no true challenges to teach him.


  • The probability of him finding a mate is slim, yet he too needs to continue this legacy. He goes to great lengths trying to find a mate that is both strong and tolerable. While he initially believes that his mate is purely for reproduction, he surprisingly finds himself slowly falling for them, and their heart. 
  • He believes in the old ways of courting, and spares no expenses when presenting his mate with gifts that prove his wealth and ability. He is a Lord, after all. 
  • Often proves his strength by guarding them personally. Any threat, major or minor, will be handled and eliminated immediately. He would gladly lose a limb (again) if it meant protecting his intended. 
  • Built them a garden to visit. He planted as many exotic plants as he could obtain, creating the perfect oasis for his mate to relax in. He visits them there often, and tells them some of his deepest secrets and feelings while under the shade of the trees. 
  • He typically hates the perfumed and oiled scent females of all species wear to entice the opposite sex. However, there is something about his mates’ scent, something completely natural and right that he is completely addicted to. When in their presence, he often finds himself taking long, deep breaths so the scent sticks to the back of his nose.
  • He has obtained his mate a rare piece to wear around their neck. It visually marks them as taken, so that other males of any species know to keep clear, lest they lose their heads. 
  • Also has a habit of rubbing his scent on them subtly every time they meet. There is something about the action that speaks to the beast within, and he almost becomes obsessed with the action. His partner doesn’t mind, and finds it rather cute that he is so possessive. 
  • His mate is the only creature, aside from Rin, that is allowed to tough or wear his mokomoko. He gladly drapes it around their shoulders and into their lap when there is a chilly breeze. He would gladly strip layers of his own robe to assure they are not affected by the elements. This would also lead him to buying them appropriate wear for every season and occasion. He even has their very owl fur stole made for them to wear… out of the same material his is made.
  • The marriage ceremony is by the standards of his mate. While he makes sure they are officiated in his own species culture, he wants them to do whatever they please, or whatever is expected of their own species or religion.
  • Once finally married and mated, he takes pride in looking at the mark left on his mate’s neck. While it marks them as his, and makes their hormones not as appealing to other males, it also releases a tiny amount of his own scent that mixes with their own and creates a natural perfume that has him drooling. 
  • He wants multiple children. He wants to be involved in the lives of all his children. He wants his children to be raised in a better environment than the one he had growing up. He wants his children to know that their father will never leave them, no matter what.
  • Loves doting on his mate while they are pregnant. His clawed hands are constantly, carefully, rubbing over the bump of their belly holding his precious child. When the child is restless, he can make a purring noise deep in his chest that calm them, as well as his mate, immediately. 
  • Is never more than a couple of feet from his mate while they are pregnant. Not even female servants are allowed near them while they are pregnant because his protective instinct goes nearly feral. Also sleeps wrapped around their delicate body, and wakes any time they shift in the middle of the night.


  • He works as a CEO for his late father’s company, and struggles with the fact that half of the conglomerate belongs to his half brother, who knows absolutely nothing about the family business. 
  • Jakken has been his faithful assistant for years, going as far back as knowing his father before he passed away. While he finds him extremely irritating on a regular basis, he knows he can trust him with nearly any task given, and relies on that loyalty often. 
  • Rin is the daughter of a person who used to work closely with his father in the corporate world. When it was released that they were laundering money and abusing their daughter, his father took the steps to have them turned in. Something in Sesshomaru’s heart couldn’t stand to see the little girl go into the foster system, so he filed the appropriate paperwork to adopt her. Not only was his father pleasantly surprised, but his mother was furious.
  • His brother’s fiancee is one of the strongest women he has ever met in his life, aside from his own mother. He finds her annoying and surprisingly quick to anger, but she is very intelligent, and has earned his respect on more than one occasion. 
  • He keeps his hair short, though he does nothing to try and hide his natural markings and colors from the world. He has nothing to be ashamed of. His status as a demon, and his stature among his community far surpass that of any social prejudice or expectation. 
  • He lives in a lavish home that is extremely modern and cold. He likes to keep everything clean and in order, like his life. The only exception is Rin’s room, where he lavishes her with toys and books. He even let her paint the walls a light cream-sickle orange, her favorite color. 
  • He works hard every day of his life, and believes it is through hard work that he can become accomplished. He doesn’t believe in using status favors to get something he wants. He works for it, and nearly always gets what he works so hard for. 
  • He shudders at the idea of being preyed on by females in the industry. He doesn’t like the women who are primped and preened into some false sense of perfection. He hates it… loathes it. 
  • He finds himself charmed by someone who is not in the same industry as him, and they lead a life quite opposite his own. He knows they are truly worth pursuing when Rin approves of them wholeheartedly. 
  • It takes him quite a lot of time to fully trust them in his life, as well as hopes they understand that his business ranks very high on his list of priorities. He starts to fall for them when hey agree and happily work around his schedules, even going as far as caring for Rin when he can’t be there. 

I could go on for ages about Sesshomaru. If I haven’t made it obvious at this point that he is my favorite character then… well, he is! lol. Thank you so much, anon, for giving me the opportunity to gush over this perfect creature. If you are interested, then I also have a lengthy list of nsfw headcanons about him as well. Or, if you would care to hear more headcanons from any of the sub-categories, then please feel free to drop in and ask.Thank you again!

~Admin C

there is nothing stopping anyone from playing monopoly like a roleplay tabletop game besides, perhaps, individual fear or insecurity of the unknown. but you can completely do that. there is nothing in the rulebook saying that the dog game piece is not a modern domesticated orc. mostly because there is no rulebook for this but i’m making it up now and i guess that’s how it is around here. you have your map. you have your campaign concept. and is not the banker performing a role. is that not.. a dungeonmaster performance i ask u.. why are we afraid to open our hearts to the concept of dnd monopoly 

writing fanfic like

Fic tags/warnings : angst, pining, friends to lovers, roommates, but they don’t live in the same actual room, flatmates, modern flat, domesticity, cooking, cooking breakfast, not cooking lunch or dinner, eggs, omelettes, non-veganism, dish ware, tea, drinking the tea, bickering, snark, watching tv, rupaul’s drag race, shangela, more pining, referring to boys as gorgeous, holding hands, interlaced fingers, legs touching, knees touching, fabrics, use of shoulder as a pillow, cuddling, breathing, hearts pounding, continued television watching, whispering, failing to act, time skips, sleeping, sleeping in separate rooms, nightmares, waking up, moving to the same bed, bed sharing, cotton sheets, awkwardness, hugging, comfort, a restful night’s sleep, morning breath, pretend disgust, staring into each other’s eyes, kissing, giggles, face touching, noses, butterfly kisses, fluff, lots of fluff, pressing together, frotting, frotting through pajamas, silk pajamas, flannel pajamas, friction, hardness, pleasure, sweat, ecstasy, sexual release, bodily fluids, mentions of laundry, implied bathroom usage, more breakfast, hugging from behind, feelings of surprise, feelings of contentment, happiness, hopeful resolution

Commenter: y wouldn’t u have a warning for doing the dishes? I hate being reminded of my chores, had to stop reading

Misc. ‘True Love or Something’ Headcanons

Some headcanons that haven’t made it into the body of my ‘True Love or Something’ series.  If you’re wondering what that is, it’s my ongoing Klance modern AU found…here on Ao3!
And feel free to message me if you ever have questions about ‘True Love or Something’ or any of my other fics!
- Keith is a terrible cook but really wants to be good at it.  He thinks of it like one of those ‘normal adult achievements’ he needs to unlock. The only thing he’s semi-decent at is breakfast food and anything involving a microwave or a campfire.
- Hunk is a phd student at a nearby university with a fairly generous stipend. He also fills in at a local restaurant every now and then for extra cash. (the gang aren’t allowed to know this - otherwise they’d never leave the restaurant when he’s on-shift)
- Shiro chose nursing over other medical professions because he could get an associate’s degree and start working as a registered nurse in a little over two years and wouldn’t have to pay for malpractice insurance. He loves it, but is considering going back to school to become a nurse practitioner.
- Shiro keeps trying to share proceeds from his book with Keith since it first came out. Keith is having none of it. They’ve been mailing the same check back and forth for weeks.
- Lance calls his moms every week just to check in and see how everyone’s doing
- Keith frequently mixes up Shiro’s stepsisters’ names but is too embarrassed to admit he can’t remember which one is which at this point. But he has all of Lance’s sisters’ and nieces and nephews’ names memorized and he’s working on the cousins.
- The interns house-sit and cat-sit for Klance whenever they’re away for several days.  The interns actively fight over who gets to watch the house this time.  This mostly ends with all of them camping out at the duplex for the weekend.
- Lance and his sister Carly communicate mostly by texting each other memes and gifs. They’re very close.  

-  Lance loves his whole family but things used to be very tense between him and his sister Jamie after she dropped out of college to start her organic farm. Her dropping out made their parents put a lot of unintentional pressure on then-high-school Lance to achieve.  There were some tense years but they’re mostly over it now.  
- Lance’s sister Val didn’t really know what to do with him most of the time when they were kids; they’re very different people.  But they actually like each other a lot as adults.
- Lance’s sisters Andrea and Sofia are really close.  Sofia had a very hard time when Andie went off to college. Surprisingly, Keith helped her put Andie’s departure in perspective.  He knows something about being the left-behind little sibling.  (I might write a fic about Keith hanging out with Lance’s sisters sometime)
- Keith and Lance have a whiteboard in the kitchen they use to keep score of who’s ‘winning’ in their very competitive household chore schedule. Pidge changed it to a ‘it’s been X number of days since our last nonsense’ board and the change stuck.  They haven’t managed to go more than seven days without some nonsense.  
- Keith’s hair ended up in a kind-of-sort-of mullet before he and Lance met because Shiro is terrible at cutting hair and Keith isn’t much better. Lance has been half-heartedly trying to get Keith to not cut his own hair and actually go to a hairdresser for a long time.  Half-heartedly because while he likes bickering about it, he likes Keith’s hair more.  
- Different alcohols affect Keith differently - beer makes him sleepy/snuggly, wine makes him mean (but like, low-key, sarcastic mean), and vodka makes him happy/affectionate.  

…I have way more headcanons for this verse than this but this post is too long already…

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was looking for this fic where Lance is part of a popular band and Keith is a model and they invite him over to shoot an LGBT+ music video or something like that? Idk I'm pretty bad at explaining things, sorry

dudest, I didn’t know the author turned this fic into a series??
- Vallie

band au tag
model au tag

‘I hate you’ means ‘I love you’ series by AlyxRae

1. Say The Word (13/13 | 106,423 | Teen and Up)

Lance is in a band that has finally broke through into the mainstream. Now that he’s kind of famous, maybe he’ll finally be able to meet his crush, the amazing super model who’s good looks send his heart into an arrhythmia. When they finally get to meet, his world is shattered in more ways then one.



2. The Interview (1/1 | 2,589 | General)

A few years down the road, Lance and Keith are asked to give an interview about their lives being in love and in the spotlight.

(you don’t have to read Say the Word to appreciate this fluffiness, but if your new and want to see how these nerds came together please check it out!)

3. Where Dreams Come True (2/2 | 18,708 | Teen and Up)

Keith and Lance go on a well deserved vacation. And what better place to unwind then the magic kingdom?

ShowKi Family
  • (via phone)
  • Kihyun: Hi honey.
  • Shownu: Hey. I just wanted to tell you how great you were last night.
  • Kihyun: Uh, hyung...
  • Shownu: Sorry I got the, um.. oil everywhere, but hey...
  • Kihyun: Sweetie...
  • Shownu: ...we made up in the hot shower, right? *chuckled*
  • Kihyun: *chuckled nervously* Honey, do you know where I am right now?
  • Shownu: In your car, right? Aren't you picking up..the kids..from school...?
  • Kihyun: Yep, and the kids just heard that.
  • Shownu: Uh... Oh... I guess, the bluetooth works.
  • Changkyun: Why did you have oil, dad?
  • Shownu: Because... buddy, we were... making, french fries!
  • Jooheon: In your room?
  • Kihyun: Why don't you kids pop in a DVD?

more of my modern domestic au, where we ain’t gotta worry about the butterfly effect, chronological displacement and the effects it has on aging, or the threat of aku’s tyranny on a mass scale; just a happy polyamorous trio raising a family together.

on todays ep of au doodles: little ashi has two loving adoptive dads and a loving adoptive mom as well as whole mess of adoptive sisters, all of whom will love and protect her after the hardships shes been through and they are all understanding of her issues and are patient with her. 

also mya and david! they get to be in this au because i love them. in my au jack is a martial arts teacher (im thinking he teaches judo specifically, but i dunno) and theyre two of his students.

Lamen Ficlet #2

Despite the fact that Laurent loves Damen more than he loves himself, sometimes, Laurent can’t stand the man. Unlike what Vannes thinks, Damen is not perfect. Infact, far from it.

Laurent hates it when Damen cooks. Not that he does often and not that he is good at it either- ramen and eggs being his only expertise and pancakes edible only if there is a generous stocking of maple syrup in the fridge. While Laurent appreciates the gesture of Damen trying to prepare him a meal on getting home, he doesn’t want to deal with the mess that comes with it. Damen leaves the kitchen as though it was raided by dacoits- flour on the counter, water on the floor, milk spilt all over the stove, utensils pulled out and upturned, dishes unwashed in the sink- it’s not what he wants to come home to. Sometimes there will even be glass shards of jars broken under the brute force of Damen. But sometimes Damen will prepare him tea after a long day at work. In spite of being a coffee drinker, Damen makes his tea just the way he likes it- just the right amount of milk, just the right sweetness and just the right temperature. And just like that,  Laurent's​ hatred melts like a glacier under sunlight, trickling cool water down the mountain side. He is not to be blamed if he moans into his tea forgetting his death threats to Damen, lest he should leave the kitchen uncleaned.

Laurent hates it when Damen goes partying with Auguste, Nik and Jord. Even though they are married, he and Damen do not always share the same interests. Sometimes Damen will itch to watch a game, play a sport or go out clubbing. He knows that the gang’s invitation is extended to him by default- Damen and Auguste more than willing to entertain him but it isn’t fair to intrude on the four of them. As much as he would like to, it would be selfish to want to keep Damen’s attention just on him all the time. He shouldn’t be envious about it, but he can’t help it- how happy Damen looks enjoying their camaraderie over a game, slapping each other’s backs and sipping beer, just like they used to in college. Envious that he will never be able to give Damen such company. But sometimes after such night outs, Damen will creep into his arms mumbling in a drunken daze as to how grateful he is to be friends with Auguste, because otherwise he would have never met Laurent. And just like that, Laurent’s hatred blurs like a bad dream chased away by a lullaby, leaving only the sweetest bliss. If he chooses to profess his undying love to Damen at that instant, well… Damen wouldn’t remember it in the morning.

Laurent hates it when Damen snores. Which happens every night. It doesn’t help the fact that Laurent is a light sleeper. Initially when Damen had moved in with him, Laurent would struggle to get two hours of sleep per night, leaving him in a cranky mood for the rest of the day. To add to that, Damen is huge. Even their king size bed feels small for the both of them. It’s almost impossible to move Damen once he has settled in the middle of the bed. Unlike Laurent, Damen doesn’t sleep still. Damen’s heavy limbs landing on Laurent every time he tosses or turns in his sleep. But sometimes, when Laurent returns from relieving himself in the middle of the night, Damen will be tracing his hand over his side of the bed as if trying to find Laurent, a frown encasing his face even in sleep. When Laurent fits himself under Damen’s arms again, Damen will pull him closer and smile in relief, instantly snoring. And just like that, Laurent’s hatred will lift like heavy fog lifting from the ground, leaving the air clear to breath. It’s not his fault that he can’t stop kissing Damen’s sleepy smiles.

Laurent hates it when Damen and he fight. Though most of the times, they manage to settle it after benign arguments, other times it pulls out, resulting in Damen sleeping on the couch and him not being able to sleep it all. It rises mostly due to the fact that Damen takes Auguste’s side on one or more matters relating to the the company. Even though he knows that Damen is right in his reasoning, he cannot bear the fact that his husband would side with his brother than him. It’s a petty thought and he know it. If only he could help it. Auguste and Damen are made of the same moral mould and that’s perhaps why they are best friends. But the next day after such a fight, Laurent will enter his cabin and find a huge vase of white roses with a card reading, ‘I already miss you. I want my best friend back’. And just like that, Laurent’s hatred will dissolve like sugar in water, sweetening it further. If his associates find the smile that doesn’t leave his face the entire day scary, it’s their problem.

Laurent hates it when Damen does the laundry. Laurent does the laundry, always. But when Laurent doesn’t find time to do so amidst work, Damen will volunteer to do it. He mixes the whites with the coloured clothes. He uses too much detergent and always manages to spoil at least one article of clothing under the wrong setting. But sometimes when Laurent returns home tired, Damen volunteers to gently undress him and massage his head and back with strong and able hands. And just like that, Laurent’s hatred will disappear like a mirage in the desert, vanquishing the illusion. If he demands his husband’s services every night to undress, who can stop him? It’s his right after all.

Laurent knows that he’s not an easy person to love. He’s stringent with his displays and declarations of affection. He’s not simple like Damen is. He wonders why Damen even asked his hand in marriage. What if Damen one day decides that he’s had enough of him. What if love isn’t enough to keep them together. What if Damen stops loving him or he stops loving Damen? He sometimes drives himself crazy with these thoughts. But then, every night, Damen crawls into bed behind him after he has dosed away, leans against his ear and kissing the shell of it, whispers, ‘Laurent? Good night sweetheart!’ And just like that, he falls in love with Damen all over again, his frivolous fears drifting off into the darkness of the night.