by Sara N.
Stressed about what you're getting your sweetie for Valentine's Day this year? Don't be. Etsy seller MadAlchemistDesign has you covered. Check it out:
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A COOLER ROMANTIC GIFT IDEA?? And even better: It's customizable with up to 15 couples of your choice. My sister shared this with me, and we spent all night messaging suggestions back and forth for couples we'd include and couples we'd omit.
First, I'd take out Jareth and Sarah. They don't work for me as a couple, unless we're talking straight-up bulge-in-pants sex. I'd also omit John and Sherlock simply because I don't want either my husband or me to be the Sherlock in any relationship. Sam and Dean are brothers, so putting them in a romantic setting is just weird (despite the fanfic you may have read to the contrary).
What pairs would you add? My shipper heart wants to put Gendry to my Arya, but I'm afraid neither of them will be alive in a year. (Plus, in the books, they're children.) There's also Sydney to my Vaughn, even if he was briefly married to an evil woman with an indeterminate accent. And I've been wracking my brain for couples from beloved books. Quentin to my Alice? Locke to my Sabetha? Denna to my Kvothe?
If you're anti-Valentine's Day, you can go with couples nobody wants: Bella to my Edward. Lori to my Rick. Jaime to my Cersei. Or you can surprise a friend for Galentine's Day with buddy pairings: Buffy to my Willow. Inara to my Kaylee. Sydney to my Francie. Crusher to my Troi.
After much debate over the coolest, geekiest couples of all time, I've come up with my final list (which I'm sure I'll revise at least three more times before ordering):
Leia to my Han
Riker to my Troi
Companion to my Doctor
Lois to my Clark
Mulder to my Scully
Betty to my Archie
Desmond to my Penny
Zoe to my Wash
Heather to my Conner
Kermit to my Piggy
Jamie to my Claire
Dixie to my Brisco
Adama to my Roslin
Westley to my Buttercup
(Serious question: Is "chainsaw hand to my Ash" too much?)
You see why I'm so excited by this, right? You can celebrate your mutual love of all things sci fi/fantasy/nerdy, and particularly the characters most meaningful to you and your mate. I checked with the seller, who says Sunday is the deadline to order for guaranteed delivery by Feb. 14.
So get to brainstorming. What couples would you include in yours?