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EVERY(!!!) pynch moment in trc part 3: blue lily, lily blue

 alternatively titled: if you didn’t think adam was bi before,, well bud, u do now

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“Maybe I dreamt you,” [Ronan] said.

“Thanks for the straight teeth then,” Adam replied. (pg. 13)

ok, an anon asked me to explain the significance of this quote and i’m gonna try to do my best. this is the first textual example of ronan,, (hear me out),, actually, intentionally flirting. did he mean it in the ‘adam you’re so unreal, you’re like a dream, i love you so much’ way? maybe!!! maybe not!!! but regardless, ronan made a joke that he knew could be taken as a romantic advance, and he did it ANYWAY!! this just shows how far he’s come since the dream thieves. adam handles this statement well and honestly? this sets up the entire book in terms of their relationship

Blue’s voice warred with the engine and Ronan’s still abusive electronica. It seemed impossible that Adam could sleep through it. (pg. 33-34)

hmmm, adam is so used to his extremely loud music that he can sleep through it??? he must spend a lot of time around ronan, then …..hmmmm

For a moment, he watched Ronan and tried to imagine that he was a teacher instead of a Ronan. It was impossible. Adam couldn’t decide if it was how he’d shoved up his sleeves or the apocalyptic way he tied his tie. (pg. 78)

mostly I’m including this line to remind you all that adam thought of ronan as a teacher, a king, and a god all in one book (but we’ll get to the last two later ok)

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lmao i kind of love the idea that Blue thinks Adam liked Ronan first

hear me out: ronan’s interest in adam was actually not all that obvious bc ronan is good at hiding his feelings (except to adam, who was looking at him/analyzing him a lot) and a lot of it happened when they were alone together. but blue knows what it looks like when adam like someone, bc she was once the object of his affections. secondly, she and ronan have a few things in common and it can actually be difficult to recognize that in another person, so she might not see it from ronan’s pov.

btw this is not to say that blue spends a lot of her time considering ronan and adam’s relationship– she has her own shit going on, obviously– but in bllb it’s her narration that talks about how “ronan and adam kept disappearing places together” and “they looked winsome and brave, trusting of Cabeswater or of each other” in the cave together. so she’s noticed that something has changed between them, esp since when she entered the group they were still kind of antagonistic. and bllb is also when she realizes that ronan isn’t all that bad so it probably becomes more foreseeable to her that someone could like him in a romantic way. (blue also hates to be left out so i can see her being like whAT’S THIS– oh wait. hmm.)

so after it’s clear that adam and ronan are together, like during/after trk, she’s like “i’m so happy for you, adam!! i don’t really know what you see in him but you got the boy!!” and he’s just like “wait– but– you don’t understand, he liked me first and–” and then ultimately he realizes it doesn’t really matter and is like. fine, yes. i got the boy. yes i like him a whole damn lot. yes i have been working up to it for a long time. thank u for your support.

The two boys stood for several long minutes, swinging the ghost light in the pit. Swaths of light cut crazily back and forth above the pit as they did. But they seemed unsatisfied with their results. Adam leaned forward - Ronan gripped his arm tightly - and then the two of them turned back to where the others waited.

‘Can’t see a thing,’ Adam said. 'There’s nothing to do but go in.’

'Please - “ Gansey started, then stopped. 'Be careful.’

Adam and Ronan regarded each other, and then the pit. They looked winsome and brave, trusting of Cabeswater or of each other. They did not look afraid, so Blue was afraid for them.

'Say it,’ Ronan told Gansey.

'Say what?’


'That’s onward and upward,’ Gansey said. 'It means to ascend. That’s opposite.’

'Oh, well,’ Ronan said. 'Squash one, squash two, squash three on and on and on -’

Then he disappeared into the hole, his voice still carrying up.

Adam said, 'I’m not singing along!’ but he followed Ronan in.

—  Listen. There is nothing I don’t love about this! And can we all just take a moment to consider this: Adam singing along with Ronan to his ridiculous song? Because that would be so beautiful!