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little steps


No matter how much they care for the other person and want to be with them, some people simply can't dive head first into relationships. Little things that form intimacy and romance, little acts we take for granted - being close, holding hands, kissing, showing affection in public - they won't or can't do...at least not right off the bat. Something in their past, their experiences, their trauma, or even their personality holds them back. For both them and the person they're "dating," as it were, this can lead to a frustrating experience.

Still, steps can be taken towards letting the walls fall down. Little, tiny steps, but those can mean the world all the same.

The People
One With the help of a partner, one person warms up.
Two Both sides of this couple are learning how to be in a relationship and to be open.

The Actions
Talking → A relationship can't exist if there's not some communication, so either learn to use your words or become so close you can speak without them.
Spending Time → Even such mundane occurrences as watching TV or cooking together is new ground.
Touching → You might just find you enjoy reaching out and touching them.
Kissing → Another kind of touch, when you think about it.
Cuddling → ...at least they're warm and, hopefully, soft.
Sleeping → You're at your absolute weakest when you're asleep. It shows trust to doze off around this person.
Public Display → It's one thing to be in love in private, but showing you care in public is a different story.
Kind Words → Three little words (more or less) are all it takes. Why, then, are they so hard to get out?
Sex The ultimate stumbling block to some. To be laid blissfully bare is to truly let your guard down.
snarkypotions: (Default)

Severus Snape || Harry Potter || M/F

[personal profile] snarkypotions 2017-07-14 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
[Because this is Snape in a meme, really.]
Edited 2017-07-14 04:42 (UTC)
bookish_lioness: (What else will the future hold?)

Let's set this in some vague death-less AU future or something because I continue to do what I want

[personal profile] bookish_lioness 2017-07-21 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
While Hermione had known for some time now that she and her former professor were oddly capable of maintaining something resembling a friendly discourse, she'd begun to wonder just how platonic their new relationship really was. They'd come across one another in Flourish and Blotts shortly after her graduation, and while it had initially been as awkward as anyone would expect things to be between a professor and his not-exactly-favorite ex-student, they'd eventually come to view themselves as simply two adults who happened to have a love of literature, with each recommending a favorite book to the other. Upon their following incidental meeting, they'd been surprised that the other had actually read said book and had had a brief discussion about them, but neither had really felt comfortable enough to turn it into a full-fledged conversation.

The summer progressed with similar meetings, though as they became more comfortable in their new roles as simply a pair of adults it became easier and easier to see him as a man rather than as a professor. He even made her laugh once in a while, which seemed to surprise him every bit as much as it had surprised her. It was... nice.

And when the school year began, Hermione found herself missing Snape's presence in the bookshop. It had begun to resemble something akin to a routine, leaving her wondering if he'd actually made it a point to be at the same place at the same time on a regular basis. The more time that went on, the more Hermione began to wonder if she'd come to schedule her bookstore visits at around the same time, but luckily, she'd soon become engrossed in her new job at the Ministry, her weekends spent with overtime more often than with trips to Diagon Alley.

Almost a year had passed since she'd last seen Snape, and in that time, so much had changed in her life that she felt almost like an entirely different person. But she was still enough like the old Hermione to be able to appreciate seeing a familiar fellow bibliophile when summer came around again. She appreciated it so much, in fact, that it wasn't long at all before she asked him something she never would have thought she'd asked Severus Snape.

"If you've the time, maybe we can go get coffee and catch up?" Realizing too late how that sounded, she felt herself go a bit numb before an odd blush crept towards her cheeks and she added, "Not right now, of course, since I don't want to presume you don't have any plans, but if you don't...."
snarkypotions: (wary ※ a quick glance ※ side-eying)

[personal profile] snarkypotions 2017-07-24 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
To say that he had been displeased and uncomfortable upon running into one Hermione Granger in Flourish and Blotts after he had happily (or as happily as a man like Snape can get) seen the Golden Trio finally graduate Hogwarts would have been an understatement. Luckily, their exchange had been quick, a civil nod and exchange of greetings before they had happily parted ways... only to run into each other again two shelves down when reaching for the same book. That had led to some more awkwardness, from which Snape was about to excuse himself until Hermione, ever the polite conversationalist, had commented on one of the books in his arms.

Caught by surprise, Snape had replied that yes, Arsenius Jigger's treatise on supplementing wards and defensive spells with potions was well thought out, if in need of updating to keep up with the new developments made in the last fifty years. She had asked if he had any recommendations that delved more deeply into the subject, and as her former professor, he saw nothing wrong with suggesting an obscure but highly relevant title. She had thanked him and on catching sight of the cover of another one of his books, had recommended another of the same author's work that she thought he might enjoy. He had nodded stiffly and left for the front counter to avoid any more run-in's, though not before purchasing her suggestion.

Despite her predilection for being an insufferable know-it-all while in his classroom, Snape had had to grudgingly admit that Hermione Granger knew her literature. Not that that was anything to be shocked about considering how much time the girl had spent in the library while at school. Still, it had surprised him just how much he had enjoyed the book she'd suggested, and their unexpected meeting a few weeks later passed with a little less stiffness on his side as the two of them briefly discussed their respective readings. As the weeks passed, it slowly became less and less of a surprise to run into his former student in the bookshop, and the conversations morphed into something a little less stilted and a little more casual. Hermione made intelligent observations, and it was pleasant to be able to converse with someone other than his fellow staff members.

The first time he had made her laugh had caught the both of them off-guard, but the memory of her sparkling eyes at his dry quotation of one of Shakespeare's works in response to the inanity of one of the articles in Transfiguration Today still brought a smirk to his face. Not many people were even capable of understanding his brand of dry humor, so it had been... refreshing to find that Hermione not only understood, but seemed to appreciate it. Soon after that, he had given her permission to address him by his given name, and had surprised himself with how easily her name rolled off his tongue. At some point over the summer, Hermione Granger had transformed from annoying student and sidekick of Potter's to a fellow adult with whom he could share his love of books and literature.

Then another year of students, new and old, took up all his time with inane essays, bumbling potions accidents and a plethora of detentions. The Christmas holidays, where he could be free of most of the little nightmares for a couple weeks, could not have come soon enough, and he had taken that chance to go to Diagon Alley to restock the depleted ingredients cupboard and stop by Flourish and Blotts. That he had automatically scanned the shop for a familiar head of bushy brown hair had startled him, as did the pang of disappointment he'd experienced. It was stupid, and he'd blamed it on the foolish sentimentality of the holidays. Still, that had not stopped Hermione Granger from crossing his mind whenever he came across a book in the library he knew she would enjoy, though it never occurred to him to send her an owl with said recommendations.

Final exams came and passed in a blur of irritation and headaches, and then he was released from the bonds of teaching for another summer. He'd walked into the familiar comfort of the old bookshop a week after turning in the finalized grades and almost run into Hermione as he rounded a corner with his nose buried in a book. It was, he had to admit, agreeable to find himself in her company again, and the expression on his face could have almost passed for a smile if one had squinted.

Her question, on the other hand, took him aback, brought his mind to a stuttering halt as it processed the words and nuances of her request. No one had ever wanted to catch up with him, and he had never wanted to get coffee with anyone else, so this was completely new territory. Within the confines of Flourish and Blotts, they could be Hermione and Severus, but he didn't know what this was if taken outside of those familiar doors.

"I have some ingredients that need to be stored away within the hour," he began, ready to make his excuses and take his leave, only to find that something had hijacked his mouth without his permission. "But perhaps later this afternoon, if you are free?"

There was, if one looked closely, perhaps the faintest dusting of pink across those usually pale cheeks.
uglydress: (15.)

belle. beauty and the beast (2017). ota

[personal profile] uglydress 2017-07-14 01:39 am (UTC)(link)
[ She's kind of stupid when it comes to romances that could be her own, not just in books.

I love assumed CR, crossovers (♥ ♥ ♥), convoluted scenarios, combustive attraction, bickering, culture differences, ingenue/gruff, worldly man, wrong places and wrong times, inhuman characters, Beauty and the Beast dynamics because duh, arranged marriage AU, fairy tale/fantasy settings, magic, passionate reunions, emotions spilling out in private, and much, much more.

Ridiculously into Tolkienverse, ASOIAF/GOT, and MCU right now and equally into AUing Belle to fit in any of them, but check out my slightly embarrassing dream list of shit I'd like to play. ]
punybanner: (Default)

[personal profile] punybanner 2017-07-14 02:25 am (UTC)(link)
[Beauty and the Bruce? :'D I would love to AU him into Belle's world - he'd be a less grumpy and more introverted sort of beast, and very much in need of gentle words and gestures. Let me know what you think!]
uglydress: (pic#11421156)

[personal profile] uglydress 2017-07-14 06:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[ This is my favorite idea ever (even though Bruce is always The Beauty in my eyes, bless). Belle would definitely be keen on the gentleness and would find his mind amazing. He'd pretty much be her genius!crush. ]
punybanner: (Default)

[personal profile] punybanner 2017-07-14 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ahh yay! I agree with your assessment :') I'm thinking maybe Bruce's "condition" is the result of him messing with science, and so he's locked himself away voluntarily to keep other people safe? I feel like they'd definitely share a sense of ostracization due to their intellect - but where Belle is hopeful and innocent, Bruce has seen what happens when things go wrong.

Let me know if you have any preferences or anything, and I can write up a starter for us! :D]
prayed: commission ⋄ do not take (Default)

Kyoko Sakura | Puella Magi Madoka Magica | OTA

[personal profile] prayed 2017-07-14 03:03 am (UTC)(link)

retracted: (pic#11539128)

Laura Kinney ; Marvel 616

[personal profile] retracted 2017-07-14 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
[ ehhhh... unsure how i feel about this, but this seemed like a good meme for her and there are only so memes i'm willing to subject her too. ota, smut is iffy. ]
blinkandyoumiss: (Default)

Re: Laura Kinney ; Marvel 616

[personal profile] blinkandyoumiss 2017-07-15 02:50 am (UTC)(link)
[I'm not really sure how I feel about anything smutty going down, since they're semi-cousins (where does adopted in another version of reality fall on the family tree), but I do like the ideas of them slowly getting to know each other and there maybe being hints of something more?]
retracted: (Default)

[personal profile] retracted 2017-07-16 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
[ could be interesting! i am super slow with tags sometimes, but i'm willing to see where things go between these two. ]
scarlettwin: (Default)

Wanda Maximoff || MCU || F/M

[personal profile] scarlettwin 2017-07-14 06:02 am (UTC)(link)
starryeyedpoet: (yawn or crying)

Mitama | Fire Emblem Fates

[personal profile] starryeyedpoet 2017-07-14 07:30 am (UTC)(link)
dark_rescue: (05)

Lea (or Axel) | Kingdom Hearts | OTA

[personal profile] dark_rescue 2017-07-14 08:02 am (UTC)(link)
princessdude: (Default)

ooc

[personal profile] princessdude 2017-07-16 02:10 pm (UTC)(link)
[Want to help this dude figure out how love works?]
dark_rescue: (15)

ooc

[personal profile] dark_rescue 2017-07-16 09:33 pm (UTC)(link)
[sure! i'm afraid i'm canon blind, but Lea worldhops in his canon, so it'd be easy enough to have them run into one another. or an AU would be cool, too! did you have a preference or a particular idea you wanted to do?]
princessdude: (Default)

ooc

[personal profile] princessdude 2017-07-16 11:03 pm (UTC)(link)
[Okay be ready to be confused. So this dude is Snow White as in the Snow White. He used to be human once upon a time, but became a demon in a moment of total despair. While still human he endured daily torment from his mother that is the root to all of his issues.

To make think make more sense I'm totally up for some AUing. It is up to you.

As for ideas, I know with certainty that Snow have problems with communicating, accepting contact and showing that he cares about others then himself. Those are all things he need to work on and are good scenes for us to play out.]
dark_rescue: (10)

Re: ooc

[personal profile] dark_rescue 2017-07-18 06:46 am (UTC)(link)
[that. sounds very complicated LMAO. i'm fine with an AU! did you wanna PM/discord to kind of hash out some basic deets and go from there? i just started a new job so my hours are gonna be a bit wonky for the next couple weeks but i should be able to tag at least once a day!]
midship: (hms justinian)

Horatio Hornblower | Hornblower Saga

[personal profile] midship 2017-07-14 11:21 am (UTC)(link)
[do you mean: canon]
betteralready: (and none now)

i had Thoughts for reslife; somewhen in the nebulous after dating for a fair bit but before marriage

[personal profile] betteralready 2017-07-16 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
A part of him knows it's really not an entirely logical thing. A part of him knows that really, it's part of that something hurtful and insidious that makes his mind something of an enemy. Much of him is absolutely certain that it's something that's only sticking because of how messy last time around was.

He'd talked it over with his therapist, as best he could without sounding mad babbling about reincarnations and all. Together, they'd figured out a way to begin to approach the conversation that was feeling more and more necessarily the longer it lingered.

He makes them both tea after dinner (and he knows he's a little quiet, and that Horatio worries, and he's almost grateful because at least it will get his boyfriend a little more in the state of mind he needs to be.) He starts the conversation when they're tucked in close on the couch and only half-watching the movie they've put on.

"--Love?" he finally breathes against Horatio's cheek, his voice a hair shaky, "There's-- something I think I need to work through, with you."
midship: (hms justinian)

o-oh noes??

[personal profile] midship 2017-07-18 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
Horatio always worries. It's just that he always worries most about Archie.

Things are much, much better, this time around. Words come much more easily for both of them. Institutional impediments between them appear much less perilous on their horizon. Time, simple thing that it is, hasn't been snatched away from them as violently as it had been the first time around.

But it's easy to worry. It's easy to worry most of all when Archie is quiet and just the faintest bit distant.

Horatio's fingers smooth fretfully against his boyfriend's arm, squeezing just a hair tighter. "Oh? What's that, then?"
betteralready: (horatio)

I think it might end well :/

[personal profile] betteralready 2017-07-19 10:17 am (UTC)(link)
"It's a bit-- silly," he admits, settling into the touch comfortably.

At least this feels safe here, still and likely always. At least he knows that that won't change.

"And I-- 'my sorry; this'll probably make you-- a bit upset."
midship: (le reve)

/holds breath

[personal profile] midship 2017-07-20 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
It's a good sign that Archie's still curled in close. It's a good sign that they're talking, silly or no.

Horatio ducks his head briefly, nose nudging in against his boyfriend's temple for a moment.

"Let's work through it, then."
jollyboat: (night will come)

and then i had more thoughts for hoc for after they're getting better; i rolled talking btw

[personal profile] jollyboat 2017-07-16 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
It's such a stupid thing, unreasonable thing to feel.

It's so entirely unjustified, to be jealous of his boyfriend's success. It's so very deserved on Horatio's end, after all, and it's not as though Archie is so terribly behind as they move up in the world. It's foolish, to feel the prickles of anger and self-loathing as he watches Horatio plan his movement through the Ranks; as his boyfriend continues to make Rachel obviously proud and charms people into admiring him.

It's such a terribly embarrassing thing to feel upset about. It's also such a very Diamond thing to be upset about, and Archie is just a little surprised to realize how much of his father's son he is, after all.

But it's not fair to let this fester. It's not fair to feel this way at all, but it's not fair to keep Horatio from knowing the fact. Archie isn't certain what, if anything, could possibly come of talking this out, but they've been doing so well with other things since they properly started communicating that he knows it's something that needs to be brought up.

So when Horatio asks (as he so often does, now,) how things are, Archie swallows down enough of the guilt to start the conversation.

"I've been-- feeling something rather-- dumb, I'm afraid."
whisted: ([t] hm transport caroline)

talking is too intimate they're going to die

[personal profile] whisted 2017-07-18 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
Something's a little off. It isn't so much that Archie has seemed any particular way, or that there's a clear scrap of something hanging in the air between them. Something's simply a little off.

It's something to pay attention to. It's something to motivate asking a little more often how Archie's doing. It's something to track, and something to trust his boyfriend about.

It sets the faintest bit of relief into Horatio's shoulders when, suddenly, Archie sets his finger on what's been a little off.

"Oh yeah?"
jollyboat: (how to make him stay)

it true

[personal profile] jollyboat 2017-07-19 07:01 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah."

One hand reaches out for Horatio with only a hint of hesitance. Maybe it'll be better, if they're still connected.

He can't help the twist is his lips and the guilty flush, still.

"It really is-- stupid." But that's not entirely useful, "And I don't know what-- we can do about it, exactly."

But maybe it'll be all right to talk about, anyways.
whisted: ([a] hms transport caroline)

/braces for impact

[personal profile] whisted 2017-07-20 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
Holding hands, at least, still feels normal. Horatio does his best not to take a crushing grip, fingers clinging just a hair all the same.

"We can... talk about it. Right?"

Talking about things had been better thus far.
jollyboat: (were that young once)

:<

[personal profile] jollyboat 2017-07-20 12:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"R-right."

Talking helps, in its own way. Maybe it'd help with this.

Archie still can't help the small frown on his lips and the way his gaze drops from Horatio's before he manages to speak.

"I guess I've just been-- feeling jealous. Of... of you."
logomachist: (Default)

enjolras ] les misérables

[personal profile] logomachist 2017-07-14 11:27 am (UTC)(link)
[give me your slow burn to hand-holding]
absinthes: (Default)

hello yes possibly maybe could we get some kind words up in here

[personal profile] absinthes 2017-07-16 11:41 pm (UTC)(link)
logomachist: (Default)

idk are those even a thing pick a universe I'm super game

[personal profile] logomachist 2017-07-18 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
absinthes: (Default)

rng says sentinels and guides :|a

[personal profile] absinthes 2017-07-19 10:24 pm (UTC)(link)
presumably after they become okay with one another a la that one edliot thread we had?
logomachist: (Default)

gasp??

[personal profile] logomachist 2017-07-20 11:44 am (UTC)(link)
[sounds good; maybe unofficially living together because being close is better?]
absinthes: (take my whole life too)

:>>>

[personal profile] absinthes 2017-07-20 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
[yes good!]
talentedscavenger: (Default)

Rey || Star Wars: The Force Awakens || F/M

[personal profile] talentedscavenger 2017-07-14 04:33 pm (UTC)(link)
playstheleadingman: (Default)

Blathier | Final Fantasy XII

[personal profile] playstheleadingman 2017-07-14 04:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[Dusting this muse off after a million years so please bear with me.]
watersacrificed: (Default)

[personal profile] watersacrificed 2017-07-14 04:57 pm (UTC)(link)
[ooc: Up for cross-canon?]
watersacrificed: (Default)

[personal profile] watersacrificed 2017-07-14 05:00 pm (UTC)(link)
[ooc: Aqua would have no clue on how to approach the subject, or even realize she wants to be closer to him. So he may need to take the lead on it, if that's okay.]
watersacrificed: (Default)

Aqua || Kingdom Hearts ||

[personal profile] watersacrificed 2017-07-14 04:41 pm (UTC)(link)
dogamidstmen: (M!Small smile)

Gabriel Starling | OC | Open to all

[personal profile] dogamidstmen 2017-07-14 05:50 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He's quite shy and introverted with practically 0 experience with romantic relationships, so little steps are A+ ]
twostringsonebow: (42 biting my lips hard and painful)

goro akechi ○ persona 5

[personal profile] twostringsonebow 2017-07-14 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)
runnynose: 𝐑𝐔𝐍𝐍𝐘𝐍𝐎𝐒𝐄 (pic#11518215)

Lottie Person | Snotgirl | ota!

[personal profile] runnynose 2017-07-15 02:42 am (UTC)(link)
pheaca: (Default)

the mute ✞ pilgrimage

[personal profile] pheaca 2017-07-15 06:09 am (UTC)(link)
( he won't speak, but other communication is + )
totallynotanoni: (#21)

Kasen "Ibarakasen" Ibaraki | Touhou Project | ota

[personal profile] totallynotanoni 2017-07-18 05:16 am (UTC)(link)
[Open to both HumanAU and canon self. Idea: You know the wonderful woman you fell in love with? Yeah, you just learned she may not exactly be human.]
wherehopegoes: (Default)

Jyn Erso | Rogue One | OTA

[personal profile] wherehopegoes 2017-07-18 04:47 pm (UTC)(link)