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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.
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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

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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...."

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uglydress: (15.)

belle. beauty and the beast (2017). ota

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[ 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. ]
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[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!]

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Kyoko Sakura | Puella Magi Madoka Magica | OTA

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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. ]
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Re: Laura Kinney ; Marvel 616

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[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?]

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Wanda Maximoff || MCU || F/M

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Mitama | Fire Emblem Fates

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Lea (or Axel) | Kingdom Hearts | OTA

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princessdude: (Default)

ooc

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[Want to help this dude figure out how love works?]

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midship: (hms justinian)

Horatio Hornblower | Hornblower Saga

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[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

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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."

o-oh noes??

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#worried

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sweet summer child

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so precious

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/clutches for safety

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/protects

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forever ;;

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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."

it true

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:<

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/hides face

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/calls in the cute animals

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/rolls in puppies

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ugh i miss my DOG

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when will you see the queen?

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not for another week or two

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boooooo

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mmhm

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/r-reaches for the queen

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super fair ;;

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one-ish day ;3;

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/yodels forever

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NOW IT'S EVEN MORE DAYS

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/sends more pupper vibes

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it was success!

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v. much so

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enjolras ] les misérables

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[give me your slow burn to hand-holding]
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hello yes possibly maybe could we get some kind words up in here

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gasp??

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:>>>

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<333??

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<33333!

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( /)w(\✿)

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

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Blathier | Final Fantasy XII

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[Dusting this muse off after a million years so please bear with me.]
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[ooc: Up for cross-canon?]

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Aqua || Kingdom Hearts ||

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dogamidstmen: (M!Small smile)

Gabriel Starling | OC | Open to all

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[ 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

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runnynose: 𝐑𝐔𝐍𝐍𝐘𝐍𝐎𝐒𝐄 (pic#11518215)

Lottie Person | Snotgirl | ota!

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the mute ✞ pilgrimage

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( he won't speak, but other communication is + )
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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.]
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Jyn Erso | Rogue One | OTA

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