Warnings: angst, h/c, scars, fluff end, pregnancy,
mentions of the Dothraki way of treating women
Request: Hi! If you have time, could you do
a reader x Khal Drogo where he always flirts and eventually sleep together, but
then the reader discovers she is pregnant? So she tries to escape during the
night (because she thinks Khal Drogo will hate/abandon her and the baby), and
when he notices she’s missing, he panics and goes looking for her? Thank you
Request: If you have time, can you write a
Khal Drogo x reader where he accidentally bruises/hurts her when they’re making
out and he feels really guilty / angry with himself? Thanks :) (A/n: Had to
change it because I feel like Dothraki normally like it rough. Hope you’re okay
with her being pregnant to stir his guilt)
A/n: I’m trying to write more sexual
tension and figured Drogo would be ideal to practise. Feedback on how I’m doing
would be greatly appreciated. Anyway hope you enjoy it :)
an undeniable chemistry between you and the Khal. Something in the way he
looked at you with his bright and perceptive eyes made your whole interior
spark. By the gods you wanted that man.
never had shown any interest in taking on a mistress and you knew someone like
you had no illusion of ever becoming more than a good night of rough stress
release. And to be honest you were fine with that. You knew who you were and
you were content with it, no need pretending to be something you weren’t.
It came as
a sort of surprise to you when one day your wet dreams about the strong and
quiet leader changed. You had been tending to your horse, one of the only
material possessions you had, drying the beautiful mare off from long days
ride. Someone had come up to you, watching you closely. As a female in the Khal’s
khalasar you had early develop a sixth sense of man with dirty thoughts
watching. It was quite necessary around that drunk bunch of pigs.
of a hand wrapping your hips, there was a deep voice beside you. A voice you
had only heard from far away, but that did all sort of interesting things to
Request: Hello! May I please make a request where Khal Drogo threatens to kill a man who flirts with Y/N? With extra steam and possessiveness? I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d find time to do this 💞
Word count: 631
You came from Volantis. And somehow ended up on Drogo’s Khalasar. Most of the Dothraki women don’t like you, you have no idea why. After four years living with the Khalasar, you still don’t know their language very well.
Drogo used to scare the hell out of you, but now, you notice that he always looks at you. Keeps staring for too long, with kind eyes. Kindness isn’t something you’d expect from him.
Now you stand close to his tent, waiting for him to talk with the Khalasar. You don’t know exactly what’s happening, but it seems that no one knows. The only words you could understand were ‘wait’ and 'important’. So you all should wait here because whatever the Khal wants to say it is important.
Someone bumps into you violently, and you mutter apologies. But the man stands before you, looking down with hungry eyes. You can’t understand what he’s saying, but you do understand the word 'mine’, which he says very often. There’s a lot of eyes on you now, but no one comes to help. Breathing heavily, you try to pull away from him, but he grabs your arm, dragging you with him. The smile on his face scares you, and you know exactly what we’ll do.
Then a scream makes the man lose his grip, letting you fall to the ground. You raise your head to see that the scream belongs to Drogo, who came out of his huge tent. Again, you can’t understand what they’re talking about. But it’s clear that they’re arguing.
A young woman with dark skin helps you to your feet. “Are you hurt?”
“You speak the common tongue?” You sound desperate, holding her arms to keep your balance.
“Yes. The Khal bought me to teach him the common tongue.”
“(Y/N), the Khal is about to kill that man, only you can stop him!”
“What are they saying?” You observe the fight that’s about to begin.
“She will be mine and you can’t touch her, Drogo said.” The woman stands beside you, protectively. “No one touches Khaleesi.”
“Khaleesi? What is it about?” Drogo easily kills that man, ripping his head off with bare hands. “Explain to me!”
Drogo walks to up, looking down like the other man did, but his eyes are different. Kind, as always. You try to say something, but he won’t understand.
“You are fine?” He says and you stutter something between your teeth. You feel eyes on your back and points at his tent, your hand shaking.
Once you’re inside, you find a wooden chair and sit down, your heart beating fast. Drogo kneels before you, gesturing for the woman to leave.
“You killed him. Why?”
He looks at you, a little confused. “No one touch Khaleesi.”
“I’m not a Khaleesi, Drogo, I’m not even Dothraki. I came from Volantis four years ago.” You speak slowly, hoping he’d understand you.
“I do not care. Dothraki now.”
“Why are you learning the common tongue?”
“Slave teach me talk to you.” Drogo takes your hand and leads you to the other side of his tent, showing you a golden belt. It’s thin, perfect for you. “Gift for you.”
“Thank you. Would you teach me Dothraki?”
“Now, explain to me what’s the meaning of this.”
He stares at you, trying to bring sense to your words.
“Why you killed the man? Because he was hurting me?”
“I want you Khaleesi.”
“Wha-what are trying to say?” You stutter, raising your head a little so you can look into his eyes.
“You my Khaleesi.”
“My Khaleesi now.” He interrupts you, a shine is his beautiful eyes.
You smile, impressed by his words, his kindness. “Yes.” Whispering, you slowly takes his hands on yours, finally feeling his warm skin against yours.
A/N: Sorry for any grammar mistakes, English isn’t my first language.
ANON REQUEST: khal drogo imagine where reader is his khaleesi and she is pregnant with his heir When they come a cross another dothraki tribe reader gets stolen by their khal he rapes her and claim the child shes carrying is his. Khal drogo gets mad and kills him?
WARNINGS: BITS OF VIOLENCE AND RAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The tent withstand the heavy wind, and Drogo stayed with you. You were few weeks pregnant, but that didn’t stop him to make love to you. Both of laid next to each other, his arm wrapped around yours and his hand rubbing your growing bump. You caressed his face and kissed his brow. He blew out the candle, and he slept and so did you.
Somebody was shaking you, and you jolted up awake. It was Drogo, holding his arakh. “What’s happening?”
The screams outside were enough to be an answer and you grabed your breeches and sandals, and your handmaidens that entered placed a vest on you. His kos entered, their arakhs bloody. It was chaos, outside the tent you caught a glimpse of some tent burning and horses were being killed. “Khal Oro is on us.”
Drogo let out a groan, and he barked orders on his kos. He cupped your face and kissed you, “Stay here.”
You stood up, holding your weapon. “I can fight, Drogo.”
“No,” he shouted, pointing at your belly. “That is my son, and you will stay here.”
“Please,” you said, clutching his arm. “I can help.”
He looked at for a minute worriedly, but he agreed. You were known for your swift moves to hack somebody, and you wanted to help. This is your people, and men are murdering them. Both of you went out the tent, and the stench was horrifiying. The blood all over the ground were multiplying, the bodies are dropping like flies and the women are screaming as they were being taken. Drogo gave you a swift kiss on the lip, before he went thundering after a group of men harassing the women. His other men came behind him, slashing their arakhs to slice open the opponent’s guts.
You made your way to a tent of the elderly, hacking men as you walked and some women are also following your steps and you felt the warm blood splattered on your bare back. You looked behind and some women are holding the fallen’s arakhs defending themselves. You entered the tent, and others were slitting your people’s throats as a joke.
They saw you, and the last old man dropped, his blood fresh on the carpet. Nobody was with you, and so you swiftly aim for them as they came running towards you, you hacked your arakh and hit the one on their shoulder, slicing fresh. You crouched down quickly, hitting the other on their stomach and their guts spilled. The last came out you with a malicious grin and he walked to you, slashing his blade where he went. You made a hit, but you fell down and darkness consumed you.
You woke up with a scream, when somebody slapped you awake. Your hands were tied together, and you noticed you were naked. Three men were laughing at you, and some were touching you. You shiver with their touch, and you screamed but you were stuffed with cloth in your mouth. Some would fondle at your breasts, but it all ended when somebody went in the tent. He smiled at you, taking off the wet linen inside your mouth.
“Please,” you croaked. “Please help me.”
He looked at the three men, and nodded. They tied your ankles aswell and they ripped their breeches open. “Please, please no!”
“Okay,” he said, and ushered all the other men out. “I am Oro.”
You nodded cautiously, and you asked for a cover but he just laughed at your face. He placed you on your fours, and you heard him fumbling with his breeches, and he gripped your arse. “I am a Khaleesi!” You screamed, trying to push him off with your head. “I am the wife of Khal Drogo and I am carrying his child. You touch me and I will make sure he will kill you.”
Oro twisted you around with a malicious grin on his face. “I am Khal Oro,” he said as he placed kisses on your shoulder. “Your Khal Drogo is away.”
He twisted you againc, firmly keeping you down and you screamed when you felt him enter you. Thrashing around, he gripped your hips hard and he moan whenever he would feel his release. All night, multiple times he would ask his men to have a taste of you, and they did. But at the end, he was the last one to have you, and you can do was cry and writhe in pain whenever they would slap you to keep quiet.
Hello there 😊 di you write for Khal Drogo? If so, would you please write a Dec where Khal Drogo decides he want to ask the reader to move in but doesn’t know how to do it. And as he worries/gets nervous about it he inadvertently becomes cold and distant. So the reader thinks he actually wants to break up with her? Angsty but it ends fluffy if that’s okay 😊 thank you!
Dating Khal Drogo was a bit strange for you. No Khal ever really dated before. They just married who they wanted. Fucked who they wanted. The didn’t do dating. Dating wasn’t normal. But then again, neither was Drogo. He was harsh to everyone except for you. You were the only one he was kind to.
Khals were usually harsh to the women they were involved with, but he treated you with nothing but care and kindness. It was a side only you saw and it was usually behind closed doors. No one knew that you two were dating because it would ruin his reputation as Khal and would be frowned upon in the tribe. You didn’t want to ruin anything for him and he didn’t want to involve you in tasks that were brutal.
But he was ready to. He wanted you to move in with him and for your relationship to be known. He just didn’t know how to ask you. He didn’t want to scare you off or anything, but he didn’t want to keep you hidden anymore either.
But he was also nervous. Now, Khal Drogo never got nervous. It was only because of you. But when he got nervous, he had a tendency to get distant. He started to distance himself from you while he decided what to do. And you being you, it was thought of as him starting to dislike you and it eventually got to the point where you thought he was going to leave you. He hadn’t visited in a couple of weeks and you were left to watch him address the tribe as a whole, paying you no special attention.
After weeks of this constant questioning, he had made up his mind.
So, he did what he usually did to meet with you and snuck into your tent in the middle of the night. He found you fast asleep and sat next to you on your bed. He gently laid a hand on your arm that wasn’t tucked under the covers and softly shook you. Your eyes fluttered open and he slightly smiled.
“Drogo…What are you doing here?” You mumbled as you sat up.
“I wanted to ask you a question, and I don’t want you to get scared or anything.”
“I already am scared.”
“But why? I haven’t frightened you have I?”
“No, it’s your lack of presence that scares me. Tell me, Drogo, are you here to tell me you’re leaving me?” His eyes went wide at this and suddenly he understood. He realized how long it had been since he had seen you and how long ago he had heard your voice.
“No, never. I’ll never leave you. I came to ask if you’d like to live with me? In my quarters?” Your brows raised.
“Yes. I want you to live with me. I don’t want to sneak out to see you anymore.” A smile grew on your face and you wrapped your arms around his neck.
“I’d love to,” You mumbled into his neck as his large hands rested on your back.
Hi I love you writing! Can you do a Khal Drogo where the reader is the beloved khalessi of the dothraki even though she is forgein and drogo is absolutely in love with her as much as she is in love with him and they already have three children in three and half years, one son the oldest and twins, a son and daughter who are the beloved treasures of the dothraki and she has recently found out she is pregnant again and she tells him after they make love and he’s super happy and proud, please???:)
“When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east,“ she said sadly. "When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When my womb quickens again, and I bear a living child. Then you will return, my sun-and-stars, and not before.” -Daenerys Targaryen.
ANON REQUEST: Hi! I read you are still taking in a few more requests, but I don’t want to overwhelm you anymore than you might be now, so I’d appreciate if you could accept my request when you’re not busy or tired 😊 I would like to request something like Khal Drogo in a duel with a man who flirted and touched Y/N. (In the end, it’d be so cool if Drogo would cut off his braid like the Dothraki do). Gahh I love your writing 😫
Riding through the night, you can hear the commotion of several khalasars in Vaes Dothraki. Khal Drogo looked at you, smiling. He nodded, and made his horse gallop and you did too. You were riding beside him and you were laughing, the wind in your hair as you went inside the city first. You rounded your horse, and waited for Drogo. You were amazed by the huge stallions by the gates that you didn’t see Drogo come up behind you.
“Khal Hol might be here,” he whispered in your ear. “Be careful.”
Khal Hol was a notorious Khal, and many people are scared of him, as his hair has never been cut. Some men has even said, that his hair is longer than Drogo’s. You nodded at Drogo, and kissed him on the cheek. “I will be,” you said. You walked with Drogo towards a temple and worshipped the Great Stallion. Afterwards, a feast erupted and tables after tables filled with numerous Khals and their khalasars. Instead of staying with Drogo you asked for leave to roam the city, to visit the markets and look for trade.
You felt comfortable walking alone and so you permitted your handmaidens to feast. You walked through the markets, amazed by the merchants. You have exchanged smiles with other Khaleesi’s and alley after alley there were small groups of loud khalasars. You walked through a narrow alley when a calloused hand wrapped around your arm.
A follow up to our ever-so popular post, ‘Top 10 Worst Fictional Couples!’ Here at The Paperbacks have decided to honour our favourite fictional couples. Who will be number one?
10. Khal Drogo andDaenerys Targaryen (A Game of Thrones, a Song of Ice and Fire)
Okay, beforeyou take to your keyboards and comment how basically Khal Drogo rapes Daenerysin the first episode of Game of Thrones and continues to do so until she says
enough is enough; we are looking at this couple through the BOOKS not the
adaptations. We are aware that this happens in the show, but we are looking at
this couple through the books. To be honest, this was my favourite,
non-incestuous couple throughout the series. They are arguably the only couple
that genuinely love each other (Don’t get me started on the Stark family, and
again, non-incestuous couple. Like we’ve said before, loving your sibling is a
big no-no). Whilst reading about the first encounter and the wedding with Khal
Drogo and Daenerys, you get a sense that Khal Drogo is actually fond of the
young girl. Take the scene where Khal Drogo presents a silver horse to Daenerys
as a wedding present. “Tell Khal Drogo
that he has given me the wind”….He repeated her words in Dothraki, and Dany saw
her new husband smile for the first time. Even though this may be a small
gesture of affection, it gives the readers an indication that the Khal does
have feelings for Daenerys. With the couples on our worst list, they are so
serious and over-dramatic. Never once are they gentle or even playful. Khal
Drogo is one of the most feared and dangerous men in the realm. To actually see
him smiling over a small comment his wife made makes the readers believe that
there is something between them.
address the elephant in the room, the wedding night. I have already addressed
that in the show Khal Drogo forces himself on her, but in the book it’s a
completely different story. Khal Drogo essentially gives her time, choice, and
treats her like the princess she is. He keeps repeating the word, ‘No,’ meaning
that he understands the English word. No is such a powerful word. This shows
the audience that Khal Drogo is allowing Dany to have a choice. Edward Cullen
essentially forces Bella to be his girlfriend, hardly ever giving her a choice
throughout the series. Even though things go sour after their wedding, with the
Khal being more forceful and demanding of Dany, and they both don’t really show
that much affection to one another. Whenever Daenerys is seen in any kind of
danger, who is the first one on the scene? Khal Drogo. What makes their
relationship unusual is that they aren’t lovey-dovey, swooning over each other
at every possible moment, but you get a sense that they actually care about
each other. That Khal Drogo isn’t taking advantage of her, but grows to care
about her and defend her honour. They are a strange pick, but dammit, it’s
better than Twilight.
9. Lissa and Christian (Vampire Academy)
Sure, Rose and Dimitri are The Hot Couple. But Lissa and Christian arguably have the healthier, more functional relationship (even with the teen angst). Despite high school social-hierarchy differences, Lissa and Christian form a secret, loving relationship together. They bond as outcasts - Lissa, feeling alone with the burdens of being the last of her royal bloodline, and Christian ostracized because of his Strigoi parents.
While their relationship may be a bit tumultuous, we know that deep down these two truly love and care for each other. They offer moral and emotional support in dire times, have each other’s best interests at heart, and are able to maturely put their problems behind them. The best thing about Lissa and Christian’s love, is that they’re motivated to develop and grow into mature adults for the benefit of their relationship.
8. Finnikin of the Rock and Isaboe (The Lumatere Chronicles)
Where do I begin with these two? There is so much I could say about Finnikin and Isaboe. Let’s start from the very beginning. What I adore about these two as a couple is that they never started out like your other YA couples (you know I’m talking about the Bella and Edward’s of the writing world). Their relationship isn’t Insta-Love; in fact, in the start they don’t even like each other. Finnikin does not trust Isaboe (who in the first novel, goes by the name of Evanjalin) and Isaboe hardly says a word to him. They start off more like co-workers, simply working together to find their home and freedom. They don’t instantly fall in love with one another; in fact, they don’t even flirt or comment each other. This leads readers to believe that there is nothing between Finnikin and Isaboe, that we should abandon hope of there being a couple to cheer and faun over. When Finnikin and Isaboe actually get together, it takes you by surprise. I remember re-reading the part where Finnikin places flowers in her hair. The fact that Finnikin does something so sweet, even romantic towards a girl he did not trust makes their relationship something deeper and profounder. It shows that their relationship isn’t just built up on good looks, strong muscles and sex-appeal. Their relationship is built up on trust, intelligence and genuine friendship which grows into something more.
Take the character Isaboe. She isn’t a dependant girl who needs a man to constantly come and rescue her. Though, Finnikin does occasionally come to her rescue, but it is rare when it happens. Isaboe is recognised for her courage, how cunning she is, and how much of a loving and caring person she is. She has a huge heart and is willing to forgive. No way is she like most of the girl’s on our worst couple list who aren’t capable of loving anyone who isn’t dripping in sex-appeal (and money in some cases) and suck the life out of everything. What is refreshing about Finnikin and Isaboe is that they see each other for so much more than physical attraction. They love each other for their bravery and intelligences. They admire one another on a deeper level that only they as a couple understand. Finnikin isn’t like Edward Cullen, who everyone fawns over because everyone can see how good looking and stylish he is. With Isaboe and Finnikin, they don’t see each other for what is on the outside, but what truly matters in the situation they are in. Melina Marchetta has a way with all her novels about writing real teenagers. Teenagers who have flaws, aren’t materialistic and blind sighted. To put it short, they aren’t like the teenagers of Forks, Washington. Even though Finnikin and Isaboe are two people who live in a fantasy world, they are still believable and real, and also, incredible cute.
7.Katniss and Gale (The Hunger Games)
Now I know
for a FACT that here at The Paperbacks we weren’t the only one’s wishing that
Katniss would end up with Gale. Sure, he may or may not have blown up her
sister to smithereens, but all this aside, Katniss and Gale were meant for each
other. Let’s go back to the very start, when we were introduced to them.
Katniss and Gale are established as best friends, we’re not thrown into a world
where we are meant to believe that they are star crossed lovers. We watch them
grow as friends and see them realise that there are feelings between them. The
problem with some literary couples is that we are forced to believe that they
are in love, when really we can’t. With creating a good romantic couple for a novel
is that you’ve got to allow time for that romantic chemistry to grow between
the characters. What most young adult novels fail in is that the author rushes
through everything that you as the audience want to see in a growing
a relationship that is believable and strong, you have to allow the audience to
get a sense that there is chemistry and growth between the two characters.
Suzanne Collins did achieve this with Gale and Katniss, but failed with Peeta
and Katniss. The difference with Peeta and Gale is that with Peeta, straight
from the start, we were told that his ‘star-crossed lovers’ confession was a
lie. The relationship between him and Katniss was a lie, well, to the public at
least. How can we believe Katniss and Peeta as a couple if their relationship
was built as a lie from the straight? Sure, at the end it is revealed that
Peeta and Katniss do love each other, but weren’t you just rooting for Katniss
to be with Gale? At least with Katniss and Gale, you know their relationship
did not start off with a lie. Their relationship began with trust and
friendship, which eventually grew into something more.
Games was one of those young adult series that did not need the awkward love
triangle that felt like it was thrown into the book at the last minute. With
the relationship between Gale and Katniss, it felt like Collins had already set
it up to become something more as the series progressed. It was a romance that
would have perfectly fitted the books and pleased audiences. Honestly, I would
have preferred the series more if they paired Katniss with Gale. Don’t get me
wrong, I adore the series as it is now, but I can’t deny that I would have like
to have seen an ending where Katniss falls for Gale.
6. Westley and
Princess Buttercup (The Princess Bride)
One thing you have to know about me, I am a secret Princess Bride
fan. So when decided who to pick for this list, I wanted to add a classic fairy
tale couple, but couldn’t think of any. That’s when I thought of William
Goldman’s classic The Princess Bride.
Princess Buttercup and Westley have a relationship built on adventure, comedy,
classic fairy tale elements, and of course, true love! That’s right people,
TRUE LOVE! Something most of the couples on our Worst Literacy Couple list all
this is why so many people adore Westley and Princess Buttercup. Their love is
true and when you read it, it feels 100% real. This is what fairy-tale love is
made of. I remember reading an article many years ago, when Twilight was
released and how many readers compared the love of Bella and Edward to a
fairy-tale romance. I’m sorry but they
are nowhere near fairy-tale status. What Westley and Princess Buttercup have is
what we want to read in a modern day fairy tale. They do not brood and desire
over one another. Westley and Buttercup are playful, full of pure love and
happiness for one another. Buttercup cannot live without Westley and we as the
audience truly believe it.
I have to bring up with The Princess
Bride is the most famous line out of the book: As you wish. Now, if you
aren’t aware of what ‘As you wish,’ means, well here’s a quick explanation. At
the start of the novel, when Westley is just a simple farm boy and Buttercup
isn’t a princess, whenever she would order Westley or give him a job to do,
Westley would simply reply: ‘As you wish.’ Really, what Westley is saying is,
‘I love you.’ My heart swoons and I just fall in love with this concept over
and over again. Screw poems, composing songs or whatever, give me Westley and a
‘As you wish,’ and I will be one happy book nerd.
5. Sora Takenouchi and Yamato Ishida (Digimon Adventure)
Okay, yes, I’m sorta cheating here. Yes, Digimon is an anime, but it was also a manga and comic series, and
in Japan the series creator wrote a novelized adaptation, too. Soooo … loophole
(that, and because I am so particularly fussy with book couples, Steph has
allowed me to include these two Digidestined-lovebirds).
Even though Yamato (Matt in the English dub) and Sora’s
relationship has earned a fair amount of controversy from fans – still, 12
years later – it had been planned right from the beginning that they would end
up getting married (sorry Taiora fans – but the series creator has made it
clear Taichi and Sora were never meant to be a thing). The pair began dating,
seemingly out of nowhere, in episode 38 of Digimon
Adventure 02. Baring in mind that the original characters were not the main focus of the sequel series,
it can be assumed that a lot of the development to their relationship occurred
off-screen. Having said that, there were hints to their ultimate relationship
as early as the first arc in the original series.
Given Yamato and Sora are eleven-years-old in the original series,
it’s understandable that relationships aren’t at the forefront of their minds.
But, the emotional foundation of their relationship was established (and thus
foreshadowing what was to come in the epilogue, originally planned for series
one). Out of all the Digidestined, Yamato and Sora share a mutual emotional
understanding. When Sora is upset about having the crest of love (something she
feels undeserving of), Yamato respectfully lets her cry out her frustrations.
When Yamato decides he wants to travel alone, Sora says she is worried for his
safety but ultimately trusts him to make the decisions he feels are best.
One of Yamato’s biggest values is whether people are able to
understand him. Perhaps the first character to really get Yamato is Gabumon, his digimon partner. The pair are
able to share comfortable silences and know exactly what the other is thinking
and feeling. The only other person to have this level of empathy towards Yamato
is Sora. As seen in the Dark Masters arc, Sora supports Yamato during his
outburst at the gravesite for the fallen digimon. This compassion and empathy
is reciprocated by Yamato, as he is the one able to pull Sora out of her
all-consuming depression in the Dark Cave.
Yamato and Sora also shared similar storylines – both came
from a single-parent household, both had issues with their crests, and most
importantly their experiences with the Dark Cave). It may not have seemed like
much at the time, but given Digimon
Adventure was aimed towards 8 – 12 year-olds, it’s understandable that
there wasn’t an overall emphasis on romance. Having said that, the signs of a
potential relationship between Sora and Yamato are there, albeit subtly. That, and their crests are Love and
Friendship. Enough said.
4. Percy Jackson and Annabeth
Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians;
Heroes of Olympus)
Percy and Annabeth are probably how Ron and Hermione should have happened. Long-time friends,
with a pugnacious streak, and too shy to admit they have feelings for each
other. Percy and Annabeth met at Camp Half-Blood when they were both twelve,
and despite mutual feelings, didn’t start dating until they were sixteen (see,
a slow burn relationship). Among the many, many… many ships in Rick Riodan’s
books, Percabeth are arguably the most functional, healthy and realistic.
Ever since their first quest together, Percy and Annabeth
have been there to protect, support and save one another. There isn’t an
imbalance of power – they each have their strengths and weaknesses, and know
how to best help the other person when in need. Despite whatever personality
clashes they initially have, they above all else treat each other as equals.
Throughout the first series of books, Percy shows an
interest in Annabeth, but out of nerves never really acts on anything.
Annabeth, however, is more open with showing physical affection towards Percy
(even when she refers to him as Seaweed Brain). In The Sea of Monsters, she is shown to both hug and kiss Percy on the
cheek. But their feelings for each other weren’t totally obvious until The Battle of the Labyrinth, when:
“She glared at me like she was about to punch me. Then
she did something that surprised me more. She kissed me. 'Be careful, Seaweed
Brain.’ Then she put on her hat and vanished. I probably would’ve sat there for
the rest of the day staring at the lava and trying to remember what my name
was, but the sea demons jarred me back to reality.”
From the last book
onward, they are in a relationship, and that is when Rick Riodan started
to play with his readers feels. First, Percy goes missing, leaving Annabeth
hellbent on trying to find him. But even with his erased memories, Percy is
still able to recall one person: Annabeth. In Son of Neptune,
Percy’s greatest fear isn’t failure of his quest, or even the loss of his life,
but whether he will soon forget Annabeth’s face. Percy even constantly refers
to Annabeth as his girlfriend, even though he has no memories to prove
otherwise; his love for her is just that powerful.
though Annabeth shows serious signs of anger, hurt and pain over Percy’s
six-month long disappearance/kidnapping, their love and positive feelings make
them able to overcome any negativity or hurdles that come their way. That right
there, a true sign of a serious and healthy relationship. Percy and Annabeth
show that a relationship doesn’t have to be easy 100% of the time – as long as
you are able to keep negativity in the past, and move forward with positivity
(again, one of the first things Percy mentions to Annabeth when they’re
reunited is the possibility of them have a future together in New Rome, and
they could grow up and have a family together).
Perhaps the only
real downside to Percabeth’s relationship, is they have (understandably)
developed separation anxiety. This ultimately leads to them falling into the
depths of Tartarus (aka Hell). But it’s okay – because at least they’re
together (I still have 2 more books to read, so I assume it all works out for
3. Liesel and Rudy (The Book Thief)
Ah, to be young again. The Book
Thief is an amazing book for so many reasons, but one of the reasons why
people love it is the innocent love between Rudy and Liesel. Sure, they are
children, so what they have is innocent. It reminds you of your childhood, how
kids thought love could just happen in one day without actually comprehending
what love actually was.
This is what is beautiful about Rudy and Liesel, they
are so innocence and sweet that it makes your heart swell with so much emotion.
Rudy announces to Liesel early off in the novel that he loves her and is always
wanting a kiss from her. Liesel finds this absolutely disgusting. This takes
many readers back to when they were young and when love was still a fairy-tale
thing. This is one of the many aspects that make The Book Thief perfect. I know what many editors would have done if
Liesel and Rudy were much older. They would have edited them into lustful
teenagers full of emotions and drama. Liesel and Rudy ain’t got time for that.
They are children, who learn and have fun every day. Sometimes, it’s best to
read about a love that is so simple that you forget that it’s there ─ in a good
way, not in the way Fallen did that
bored us to death. In a literature world that has been bombarded with love
triangles, forbidden love and brooding teenagers, it’s actually refreshing to
read about Liesel and Rudy.
enjoyable about them is that they never allow their playful love get in the way
of what is important to them. So many times we’ve seen star-crossed lovers
allow their affection get in the way of the important things in life. Liesel
doesn’t let Rudy distract her from what she loves the most, which is her new
family, reading, and Max who is hiding in their house. For once, it is lovely
and delightful to read about two acquitted people who just enjoy life. They are
not in a rush to grow up. They are being who they are: children, innocent ones
who are just taking life one step at a line. “The only thing worse than a boy
who hates you: a boy that loves you.”
2. Eleanor and Park (Eleanor & Park)
If you’ve read Eleanor & Park, unlike Stephanie,
then you know without a doubt why these two are on this list.
One thing that sets this book apart from all the other
YA-romance garbage, is its lack of insta-love. Insta-Love is Bella becoming
obsessed with Edward on her first day. It is Hazel going home with Gus the day
they meet. It is Luce and… whatever the hell Fallen was about.
Another thing that makes Eleanor and Park unique: the dual
point-of-view. Without it, without seeing these two shy outcasts slowly falling
in love with each other, this novel simply wouldn’t have been the same.
Park is a romantic soul, consumed by love. Eleanor is a
victim of circumstance, in constant fear of rejection or punishment. Without
being inside both of these people’s heads, we simply wouldn’t
have understood their story. Because that’s the thing about relationships or
love stories: it’s a story about two people.
Eleanor and Park are two young outcasts, stuck together on a
school bus with creatures from hell/their classmates. The first words Park
says to Eleanor: “Sit down. Jesus-Fuck, sit down.” The first few weeks
of Eleanor and Park’s relationship is silence and begrudgingly accepting they
are stuck together as bus-mates. They don’t hate each other, or
even dislike each other. They are outcasts.
What brings them together (besides being trapped on the bus)
is comic books. After a while, Park notices Eleanor reading over his shoulder.
And after a week:
“Park didn’t say anything. He just held his comics open
wider and turned the pages more slowly.”
From there, Park starts lending Eleanor comics. First just
the issue they were reading, then stacks at a time. All of this, without a
word. He just gives them to her, and she wordlessly returns them the next day.
Soon, Park is making her mix tapes of her music wish list. Remember the simpler
times when you made mix tapes or CDs for your crush? Oh, I miss those days…
“After a few
seconds, he reached over and pulled at the old silk scarf she’d tied around her
wrist. ‘I’m sorry,’ he said. […] He pulled on the scarf again, so she looked at
him. She tried not to look mad – but she’d rather look mad than look like she’d
spent all night thinking about how beautiful his lips were. […]He was still
holding the end of the scarf, rubbing the silk idly between his thumb and
fingers. She watched his hand. […] If Park were to look up now, he’d know
everything. He didn’t look up. He wound the scarf around his fingers until her
hand was hanging in the space between them. Then he slid the silk and
fingers into her open palm. And Eleanor disintegrated.”
That was pages 70-71. That was the point my
heart melted and screamed at the perfection and beauty.
Truthfully, I could go on pulling excerpts from this
beautiful book, and rambling on and on about the kindred-spirit union shared
between Eleanor and Park. But, at the same time, I find the best way to
experience this book is to go in blind and feel yourself being swept away in an
overwhelming cloud of nostalgia and past loves. The important thing about
Eleanor and Park’s relationship isn’t that it is first love. It’s not the fact
that these are two young kids discovering themselves, discovering love. Their
relationship was written in the stars. If not for them to be together forever,
then for Park to save Eleanor.
1. Harry and Hermione (Harry Potter)
Aright, you caught me. Technically
Harry/Hermione (or Harmony) isn’t canon. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t
moments between them in the books. Not to mention that statement JK Rowling
made back in 2013 about how she regrets putting Hermione with Ron, and that
she’d be better suited with Harry instead (more on that will come in a later
blog post). Ever since I saw the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I have been an avid Harmony
fan. Upon re-reading the Harry Potter books
at an older age, when my levels of comprehension had grown and matured since my
childhood, I saw that there were actually quite a few close moments between Harry and Hermione. To this day, I refuse to
accept that Harry/Ginny and Hermione/Ron would have continued happy and healthy
relationships into their adult lives (even JK Rowling said Ron and Hermione
would have had couple’s counselling at some point).
But why would Harry and Hermione be better
suited you ask? Well, first of all Hermione was without a doubt a much better
best friend to Harry than Ron ever was. Harry and Hermione were always there for each other. Not once
did they have feelings of spite or jealousy towards each other (*cough* Ron *cough*). The few times they were mad at each other, was when they
had a clash of opinions – but, at the end of the day, they always had each
other’s best interest at heart. Think of Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Hermione told McGonagall about the
new broomstick Harry had received anonymously. At the time, everyone believed
Sirius Black was out to murder Harry. So, obviously, Hermione was concerned for
Harry’s safety and (rightly) assumed the broom was sent from Sirius. Harry and
Ron were furious at Hermione for inadvertently getting the broomstick
confiscated, but in time they accept her heart was in the right place.
Harry and Hermione
have always had a mutual respect for one another, and never succumbed to petty
fights. Their friendship is more important than being right, which sets them
both apart from Ron. And when push came to shove, their friendship withstood
all the obstacles that came their way. Which can’t be said for Ron, who ended
up leaving them during their arduous search for Horcruxes. What’s also
important is that Hermione also had a
choice – she could either leave with Ron or stay with Harry, and she chose
Harry. Why? Because the level of trust and faith she had in Harry, outweighed
how much she cared for Ron (even if him leaving broke her heart).
Harry and Hermione
spend months travelling alone together. They shared something that Ron was not
there for, and had to rely solely on each other for comfort and support.
Furthermore, JK Rowling acknowledged that during the writing process for these
chapters, the story “very well could have gone that way.” There are charged moments between the two, such as
Hermione stroking Harry’s hair, him leaning into her touch. They even
contemplate just staying hidden and growing old together – but their mission
outweighed all feelings of fear and doubt.
The first sign of
the pair showing physical affection towards each other (other than a hug),
comes at the end of Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire. When saying goodbye at King’s Cross Station, Hermione
kisses Harry on the cheek, “something she had never done before.” Goblet of Fire is also when Harry
realises how pretty Hermione is. And again, in Order of the Phoenix they have this exchange:
“And it might have been a good idea to
mention [to Cho] how ugly you
think I am too,’ Hermione added as an afterthought.
'But I don’t think you’re ugly,’ said Harry, bemused.
Just because the two were not constantly lusting after each other,
doesn’t mean they couldn’t view each other as attractive. In fact, it’s this
level of hormonal restraint that proves a relationship between the two would
not be based on shallow bullshit. The seven years of friendship and love
between them is the ideal foundation for a healthy and long-lasting
relationship, free of jealously, egotism and emotional turmoil.
game of thrones modern au where khal drogo is the leader of a motorcycle gang. viserys is a d&d nerd who wants to go to a huge tournament to win the cash prize (and the metaphorical crown) and he goes up to drogo like….”i’ll hook you up with my sister if you give me a lift there” and dany is disgusted but she comes anyway because drogo is hot with tattoos and they fall in love on the journey. then when they get to the tourney dany competes and utterly destroys viserys at it and she becomes queen of d&d and the motorcycle gang. viserys cries all the way on the ride back. drogo buys dany 3 lizards when they’re home
I just want to talk briefly about the significance of this line of Dany’s: “If I look back, I’m lost.” She thinks it over and over again, utilizes it as a mantra over the course of the series, but there is an important evolution I think people should note.
Here’s the first instance of the quote from right after Dany is told about her son:
Darkness, Dany thought. The terrible darkness sweeping up behind to devour her. If she looked back she was lost. Dany, AGoT
It begins as a reminder that she can’t change what has happened. That if she allows the horrible things in her past, the consequences of her choices, everything to dwell in her thoughts, it’d overwhelm her.
She continues focusing on the future when her past choices and their current consequences threaten to take her down:
“You warned me that only death could pay for life. I thought you meant the horse.”
“No,” Mirri Maz Duur said. “That was a lie you told yourself. You knew the price.”
Had she? Had she? If I look back I am lost. “The price was paid,” Dany said. “The horse, my child, Quaro and Qotho, Haggo and Cohollo. The price was paid and paid and paid.” She rose from her cushions. “Where is Khal Drogo? Show him to me, godswife, maegi, bloodmage, whatever you are. Show me Khal Drogo. Show me what I bought with my son’s life.” AGoT
Can’t think about it, focusing on the goodness, moving on. She thinks it again and again at the end of AGoT- before mercy killing Drogo, when she finally realizes Mirri Maz Duur’s true actions, when she hears of Ereoh’s fate, when she takes control of the remaining Dothraki, and when she walks into the fire to hatch the dragons.
Dany is vulnerable in AGoT with the many changes (from Illyrio’s to the Dothraki to losing the Dothraki) and losses in her life (from Viserys to her son to Drogo.) She realizes if she allows herself to dwell on it all, she will fall and focuses on the future, accepts that she can’t change the past.
People forget that this mantra of hers dies out a bit. It doesn’t appear in ACoK and only appears once in ASoS when she’s preparing herself for her moves in Astapor, the beginning of it all, despite her “small and insignificant following."
Then in ADWD, things change for Dany. She’d been proactive, moving forward and not looking back, refusing to allow her doubt to take over. However, things from the past and present begin falling apart. By choosing to remain in Meereen, which Dany elected to do to test herself before going to Westeros and see if she could truly rule, Dany is forced to be still. She has to focus on the consequences of her actions because they’re appearing in front of her.
She thinks of her mantra again when Brown Ben Plumm turns on her and everything’s going to hell, she thinks of it when she opens the fighting pits again, she thinks of it when she considers her decision to lock up her dragons, and twice during her adventures with Drogon.
But here’s the thing, Dany was a child who needed a crutch like this mantra to keep her going when she created it. How else do you survive such horrible changes and losses and doubts but push forward?
Dany grows though, she matures. She chooses to rule in Meereen because she wants to shed her idealism and become a true ruler.
I’ve seen people say that Dany is immature and doesn’t understand the consequences of her actions, that she’s impulsive and leaves destruction in her wake because she doesn’t listen to council, but Dany seeks awareness and wants to make a change. That’s why by the end of ADWD she is maturing in a beautiful way symbolic of this mantra of hers. Quaithe told her:
“To go north, you must journey south. To reach the west, you must go east. To go forward, you must go back. To touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow.”
And Dany didn’t heed it at the time. But after everything in ADWD, Dany is listening, she has always wanted to make the right decisions and do the right thing, and she’s maturing.
And so in Dany’s most recent chapter, the last thing she says is this:
Drogon came, snorting plumes of smoke. The grass bowed down before him. Dany leapt onto his back. She stank of blood and sweat and fear, but none of that mattered. “To go forward I must go back,” she said. ADWD
Character development and growth, Dany’s still growing up, but she’s moving in the right direction.