dan wanted to propose to phil during their trip to japan. problem was, he didn’t expect phil to have the same idea.
it was slightly awkward; they’d been walking through a garden full of cherry blossom trees when phil started fidgeting and waxing poetic about how much they’d been through together. dan paid no mind until he saw him reach into his pocket and pull out a small black box while bending down. he grabbed phil by the elbow and yanked him back up, incredulous.
“you’ve gotta be fucking kidding me.”
in answer to phil’s questioning (and slightly hurt) look, dan simply pulled out his own black box, identical in design. they even went to the same jewelry shop, jfc.
in the end, after laughing at their own predictability and cheesiness, they decided to do it at the same time, sinking to one knee opposite each other under the cherry blossoms.
“alright, phil. on the count of three. one, two-”
“will you marry me?”
“GODDAMMIT, PHIL, I THOUGHT WE AGREED ON SAYING IT TOGETHER.”
“You just go out on stage, you see a room with a thousand, two thousand or how many people who know every word to every song and it like re blows your mind, The fact that y'know…and like you said people queuing outside like i just wanna take them cup’s of water, they must be, they must be fucking thirsty, um, sometimes you have to not think about it cause you’d probably go a bit mental.”
- phil brings up kids over dinner one night, startling dan
so much that he chokes on his wine for a few seconds. it’s surprising; between
the two of them, dan’s usually the one to discuss domesticities like that.
“kids? are you sure?” phil’s smile is hesitant, but there’s an excitement in
his eyes that’s contagious. “yeah, i think i am. a little dan junior running
around might be fun.” dan rolls his eyes
even as happiness surges through his heart. “ok , first of all, we are not
calling him that.” the next morning, phil wakes up to a surrogate agency flyer
taped to the coffee pot, with an appointment date scrawled on the bottom in
dan’s messy script.
-once they decide on a surrogate, dan insists that phil be
the one to send in his DNA. he claims it’s because he doesn’t want their child
to have his proneness to existential crises, but it’s really because the
cerulean shade of phil’s eyes is a genetic miracle that must be continued.
- they spitball baby names to each other on a constant
basis, going so far as to attach a dry erase board on the refrigerator to keep
track of all their options. “winston” tops the list, courtesy of phil. there’s
also “delia”, “elizabeth", “christopher", and many more, gathered
from childhood memories or favorite books and movies or even heard in passing
as they walked through town. “child susan” is crossed out several times, as is
“phan”. dan takes baby names very seriously, thank you very much.
-phil’s room gets remodeled into a nursery, filled with toys
and clothes that arrive in boxes under dan’s name. he makes sure to order from
both the “girls” and “boys” section from harrod’s - there’s no way in hell he’s
going to let gender roles affect his kid.
whenever dan makes phil watch something with him (kanye sets, f1, sports, etc), phil’s only stipulation is that he gets to snuggle with him on the couch - arm slung across dan’s waist, legs tangled together, head on dan’s chest. he gets to hear dan’s heartbeat accelerate every time something exciting happens on screen and uses it as an opportunity to laugh at his never- ending enthusiasm.
dan doesn’t mind because phil’s laughter resonates through his body and into his own, and it makes him feel safe and loved. plus it’s the perfect position for dan to plant kisses on the top of phil’s head during commercial breaks, hand stroking his back absentmindedly.
(also inspired by howellwifi bc she started the whole power couple!phan trend on twitter that rat)
- between the two of them, phil is the businessman. he takes
care of the finances, the paperwork, the rules and regulations. he oversees the
book printing, he organizes the radio show, he’s even listed as principal
director of their tour. dan always worries that he’s putting too much work on
phil, especially with him being away for the documentary so much, but they both
know that this is phil’s element. he’s a force to be reckoned with when he’s in
charge, and everyone knows it. nothing turns dan on more than seeing phil
negotiating with a producer and winning.
nothing beats the charm of a northern accent.
- they like to
coordinate their outfits. it’s always very subtle – matching silk accents on
their suits, color-coordinated pocket squares and bowties. nothing too flashy,
nothing too outlandish, but eye-catching nonetheless. it sends a clear message
of duality and togetherness, one that can be sensed even when they’re away from
each other. plus, it makes their photos look great.
- they always manage to draw attention to themselves whenever
they enter a room. maybe it’s the way they move with such synchronicity,
sipping their drinks in unison as they make their rounds. maybe it’s the way
they finish each other’s sentences, flowing from one anecdote to the next with
an ease that makes every ear perk up and listen. their combined aura pulls the
attention of the room to them; they literally make heads turn as they walk
past. they’ve gotten used to it by now – dan struts past with a knowing look,
phil smirks against his wine glass.
- it’s rare for one of them to be on stage without the
other, but when it does happen you can feel
the pride radiating off the other person’s body. it’s overwhelming, how supportive
of each other they are. don’t get dan started on the things phil has
accomplished, he’ll talk your ear off. and phil literally glowed as he watched
dan accept his lovie award, hands going numb from clapping so hard.
- they like to spoil
each other. dan buys more designer clothes for phil than he does for himself,
and loves to make phil model them for him. phil takes dan to expensive
restaurants with breathtaking views and orders for the both of them. they’ll
bring home bouquets of flowers “just because” and crack open expensive bottles of
wine during random weeknights to help unwind. it’s a bad habit, really. dan
jokes that they’re each other’s “sugar daddies”. phil rolls his eyes but doesn’t
-almost every youtube couple is lowkey jealous of them. jealous
of the way they still act like lovesick puppies after six years. jealous of the
way their relationship can be so open, yet so private. jealous of the way their
names roll off the tongue with ease, one right after the other as if the they
were always meant to be said in the same breath. jealous of the way they just fit together, like two aesthetically-pleasing
puzzle pieces with complementing hairstyles and an ideal height difference. the
only youtube couple that isn’t jealous of them is felix and marzia, because
they’re just as #relationshipgoals as dan and phil are. that’s why they hang
out so much.
- it’s no secret that dan’s the leader of the phil lester
defense squad, but there’s nothing like seeing the leader of the dan howell
defense squad take action. protective!phil is incredibly intimidating, the
warm cerulean of his eyes turning into ice-cold steel at the drop of a hat. it
only takes one look – head cocked, eyes narrowed, jaw tight. it shuts every
hater down cold, time and time again.
-they’re always a little freer with themselves at youtuber
parties, especially after the vlogging cameras are put away and they’ve drank a
little. phil will wrap an arm around dan’s shoulders as they talk amongst their
friends, stroking down his arm lightly. dan will bury his face against phil’s
neck as he laughs, breath warm against the pale skin. they’ll eventually get
caught up in their own little world, whispering to each other and sharing
smiles even as the party moves around them. with bright eyes and big smiles,
they look like a living magazine spread, models paid to look beautiful despite
the sweat plastering their fringe to their foreheads and the alcohol on their
breath. it’s a carefree look that few have mastered, and of course they’ve mastered
it. fucking pricks.
- the fact that they’ve both been crowned as sugarscape’s
hottest lad still makes them laugh. they don’t take it seriously, but it’s a
giant ego booster – especially in the bedroom. the “i’m banging hottest lad
2012/2013” jokes are endless.
- hitting youtube milestones = sex, of course. that’s what
all power couples do. when dan hit 1mil, he was sore for a week. when phil hit
2mil, not a single room in their flat was left untouched. and you can bet that
dan woke up to 5mil subs with phil tracing the number five on his inner thigh. with