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five reasons that don and betty draper are better off together than apart
mad men, rated pg 13
1. He’s a man of his word. Always has been, really.
So when he says “I love you” and when he says “I do,” he sure as hell means it.
2. Conscious efforts to impress aren’t part of Don Draper persona- fur coats aren’t part of the Don Draper persona and he thinks idly as he fingers the fur, that this shouldn’t fit into the man he’s carved out for himself.
He leans over the side of the bed, and there’s Betty, pressing out his shirts and she belongs in this life, this careful crafted dream- even more than he does.
3. When he calls her a child, he means it. He stares into her eyes, all big and blank and blue and he’s frightened out of his wits and he wants to shake her till she comes back to him.
Which is why he smiles, when she says she modeling (albeit tighter than usual) and when her cheeks glow because some prick with a camera said she looks like Grace Kelly, he lets out a breath he didn’t even know he was holding.
Because his Betty is back.
4. He isn’t one for regrets, just blank slates but he only feels guilty when there’s a woman he can’t quite wipe off the board.
It’s all right, in the end, because in his wildest moment, she wipes him off instead and he goes home and holds Betty.
She’ll never truly be rid of him and this why he thinks he’ll keep her for as long he possibly can.
5. Don doesn’t often put pen to paper. He has- well had- Peggy for that and some new little secretary since. He’s all ideas and no words, all vision and he lets the copy writers do what they do best- write
He doesn’t count on meaning it when he writes to Betty- begging her to let him back in.
“Without you, I will be alone for ever.”
He knows it will work because he means it.
Let’s not forget who he is- he’s Don Draper. He’s made to sell dreams, not the truth but he sells his heart with all the earnestness of nylons and he thinks she might not need to be.
It’s already tucked in the back of her closet.
In the pocket of that fur coat.
- because I thought of this while reading her Don/Harem(shut up! Don/Harem is one-true-orgy)
five reasons that blair waldorf and don draper trump all possible canon.
mad men/gossip girl, rated r
1. When he fucks her that first time, she keeps her eyes wide open as she comes.
No woman does that in Don Drapers arms, they mew and moan and roll back heads.
She keeps her eyes fixed to the door behind them, skin flushed like the suburban sunset with the ghost of a smirk on her lips.
He thinks she’s more scared than frigid.
He’s determined to change that.
2. She doesn’t return to the office for a week and when she does its on Archibald’s arm- all prim and proper and smiles. She grants him a glance like she’s throwing him a bone and that’s all, not a word, not a look, not a smile more.
She slips him her card as they shake hands and her address is scrawled on the back, in dainty black kohl.
3. Five months into the affair, she takes to wearing pants.
Not all the time and not everyday but once in a while she’s pull on a pair, lacy blouse tucked into the waistband and pretty pin propped on the collar.
He smirks and offers her a cigar. She eyes him as she takes it, daring him to say a word.
This is why it works- he doesn’t.
4. He takes her out for a meals in New York and doesn’t say a word when she spends too long in the powder room after food.
She’s hesitant, when she emerges but he’s coolly drinking his scotch like all is right it with the world and she leans back in her seat to relax.
5. She marries Nate. White wedding and all and she never asks and neither does he but she thinks they both know.
Don brings Betty to the wedding but when Blair says “I do,” and kisses her groom, there’s a mood half tragic, half mad and he knows it isn’t his.
He’ll see her in a week and she’ll never ask him to leave Betty and he’ll never ask her to leaves her husband but he might ask who else there is and if he work up the inclination-
-he might even care.
–very late, I know, because my muse works in strange and mysterious.
five reasons that blair waldorf and cher horowitz might just be best friends
clueless/gossip girl, rated g
1. The first time they meet , they glance up and down, eyeing each other-Cher thinks project and Blair thinks enemy.
Their eyes snap up to each others and they each bite back a slow grin.
2. Poolside in the Hamptons and Cher is whining about Josh and how he’s dragging her to some lame convention and she really wishes she loved someone who wasn’t him.
Blair takes a long sip of cocktail, pink and dirty and sighs “God- I know exactly what you mean.”
3. Serena was never fond of this particular game, one where Blair sketched wedding gowns and designed her dream wedding gown.
Because Serena is her mother’s daughter and she already knows marriage is a game, but Blair is her mother’s daughter and drawing dreams is what she does best.
Cher plays along. “Longer train, I think.”
4. Cher goes shopping one day- picks up a plaid skirt and heels for her new bff.
Blair tries them on and beams because a theory has just been proven.
Chuck Bass is not the only person on the planet who can buy her clothes that fit.
5. A weekend with Cher is good for her- she’s considering all sorts of crazy things. A dictionary word per day, driving, jeans- maybe even driving while wearing jeans.
Cher props her chin on her pillow and sighs- “Sometimes, I think my life is like an Austen novel.”
Blair scoffs and cites Audrey but truthfully- she still knows exactly what Cher means.