Hey I hope this isnt out of the blue but headcanon time :) after LR, i picture all of the gang to be with their significant other... except for Lightning and Hope. for them, i figure they'd date around primarily within their work circle (Light's modeling gig/military work and Hope's sciencey research stuff), but none of it ever really works out. I can see the two confide in each other (as best friends maybe) when that happens, and one day, it just clicks to give each other a chance.... :3
I’m always here for headcanon time :D
I’ve always loved the thoughts of these two being total idiots and not seeing how stupidly perfect they are for each other at first…although if this is post-LR, obviously we know Hope’s feelings ;D
But maybe he doesn’t think that she could ever feel that way about him, despite everything that’s happened, so they just date around. Maybe Hope dates more than Lightning does, partially because he’s so charismatic and fabulous (and totally pansexual shush it’s mine and bff’s totally true headcanon and we’re not letting it go mwhahaha) and Lightning’s sorta picky about who she spends her time with
Weirdly enough, she spends a lot of her free time with……Hope. As friends, duh, as much as it kills him sometimes. They compare notes about bad dates and just keep each other in the loop. And it totally means nothing that Hope stays over so often that he has a couple of spare changes of clothes, okay?? And Lightning has a designated toothbrush for him? Best friends do that all the time!
One night while talking, they somehow get on the subject of their absolute worst dates and it’s total cringe. So then Lightning ends up asking, sorta just teasing, “Okay, then, what would your best date be, then, even if it hasn’t happened yet?”
Hope kinda stutters at that a little, since obviously his best date would be with Lightning…buuuut, without naming names, he describes what he’d do if he was on a date with his dream person - going a few cities over for a romantic gondola ride, which drops them off at a nice restaurant for a candlelit dinner for two, then a stroll through the gardens. It’s all ridiculously cliche, but Lightning has a wistful little smile on her face the whole time, because somehow, it’s ridiculously easy to mentally put herself in the spot of that other person.
But all she says is, “That does sound very nice.”
Even though Hope’s not really sure how to interpret this - is she being sarcastic? does she mean it? what??????? - he knows he can’t let this opportunity pass him by. So he asks:
“Did you want to…do that? With me, I mean?”
There’s this really weird moment of silence where it feels like the entire world is holding its breath. Lightning stares at him like she’s not sure if he actually means that or what, but when she sees the (appropriate) hope in his eyes, she smiles - a real one this time - and that’s answer enough, but she says it anyway.
“I’d love to.”
And the rest, as they say, is history~