Fanfic trope: Good ol' Seven Minutes In Heaven.
Okay okay so…. I actually love the idea of this trope?? Because yeah I’m sure it is usually used for sex scenes or make outs or something. And usually there’s alcohol involved. But, those aren’t the rules of the actual game. It doesn’t specify kissing like spin the bottle does, and it doesn’t demand the two people do sexy things. The game just specifies that two people be in a dark closet for 7 minutes to do whatever they want, usually with some sort of “what happens in the closet stays in the closet” mentality. And honestly, that leaves a LOT of freedom that I frankly haven’t seen fan fiction explore all that much. And imo, that’s a shame.
Because when people are put into situations where they don’t have to look at each other, it makes them simultaneously feel vulnerability and openness. That’s why therapists will have two arguing people talk things out by sitting back-to-back. It’s why so many deep conversations tend to happen in the front seats of cars. And the same phenomenon applies to dark rooms, too. Imagine the possibilities!!
You can have a love confessions. You could have a first kiss. You could have person A confess to person B their love for person C. You could have another type of confession, depending on the characters and fandom. You could have two rivals taking the private opportunity to just talk through why they don’t get along and if there is any hope of them ever being friends again. There are soooo many possibilities, across so many different character. And I really wish that was explored more often!
I do love taking common tropes and making them new and unexpected. So who knows, I may write this trope? Don’t count on it though! But, if I ever did, you could be sure that it wouldn’t be the type of 7 Minutes in Heaven that most people would expect lmao