Real talk, one of the best examples of friends to lovers I’ve witnessed is Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. Ned and Moze weren’t pining for each other all the time. They were really just close friends and helped each other get with their crushes. When they DID start developing feelings for each other, they didn’t stop being friends. They tried to work out how they felt, talking to others and weighing the pros and cons of being a couple vs being just friends. When Suzy came back, Moze didn’t resent her. When Moze got a new boyfriend and tried to move on, Ned eventually made friends with him. They both explored other options and paths before finally, finally deciding that they wanted to be with each other. And Cookie wasn’t some awkward third wheel and there was no love triangle. (An odd square maybe in the beginning when Ned liked Suzy who liked Lumer who liked Moze). But their relationship wasn’t the main focus of the last season. It was something that developed along with their own personalities and I really want more of this natural progression.
“Don’t look!” a thick voice snarled at her. “I… I… I…” Arya sobbed. The old man shook her so hard her teeth rattled. “Shut your mouth and close your eyes, boy.” Dimly, as if from far away, she heard a… a noise… a soft sighing sound, as if a million people had let out their breath at once.