Sooo with the Shadow and Bone series, I see a lot of Darkling/Kirigan x Alina edits and I don’t want to hijack their stuff cause (1) it’s beautiful (2) they can ship whatever they want.
But if you are a kid, please do not idealize Darklina as a romantic relationship. They are not enemies to lovers, they are not even lovers to enemies - they are "child is groomed, manipulated, and turned into a slave when emits an opinion, finally breaks free and has ptsd". I don’t care how much in love he looks, the damages he has done to her specifically stays the same.
For the first person telling me Alina was changing him: no she wasn’t. Promises to change, making the child feel like they are your salvation? Classic grooming step.
God knows it’s not the first toxic ship being hyped up but I just never saw people talk about that toxic side without romanticizing it anymore. Kids seeing this kind of relationship as acceptable and wanted are much more likely to be susceptible to grooming. That’s why I’m writing this, not to piss in your cereals.