Although Rose and Christian argue and clash over pretty much everything, there is one thing that they are in complete agreement on—the need to keep Lissa as calm and stress free as possible.
Both share the same deep, lingering fear that one day something will set the young queen off and the darkness will gain the upper hand, taking Lissa away from them forever. So from time to time, when their worries get the best of them, they call a truce, putting their heads together in an attempt to figure out ways to alleviate the ever growing pressure that the young Moroi has faced since ascending the throne. Usually their planning sessions end up with them bribing—well, more like threatening„ because let’s face it, neither one is exactly diplomatic—the Queen’s secretary, demanding the poor woman rework Lissa’s overbooked schedule to keep it as light as possible on the days when she seems on edge.
The funny thing is, despite the fact that at their beginning of their alliance they both make promises to stop their constant squabbling—and they both really do try not to fight in Lissa’s presence—eventually, one of them slips up. A smart assed remark is made that the other just can’t resist answering, and just like that, the gloves come off, and the fighting begins all over again—at least, until the next time that their love for Lissa brings them back together.
Everyone knows that Rose has control issues. She is impulsive and prone to acting without thinking, often giving in to whatever urge that hits her at any given time. What no one realizes is that she actually shows a lot more restraint than anyone gives her credit for.
After having to hide her feelings for Dimitri for such a long time, now that they’ve gone public and their relationship is out in the open, she has a really hard time keeping her hands to herself. All she has to do is look at him, or hear his accented voice from across the room and she is instantly filled with the overwhelming desire to wrap her arms around him and kiss him until she is breathless.
Which isn’t really advisable when they are both in—say—a council meeting guarding their charges.
At times like that she does her best to fight off the desire that fills her and to remain professional—something that is extremely hard to do when her mind suddenly fills with images of his strong, muscular body naked in their bed. Usually by the end of the meeting, she has fingernail marks imprinted in her palms from clenching them tightly at her sides—her way of distracting herself from the giant Russian temptation on the other side of the room—a method that seems to be working for her since she hasn’t jumped him while they’re on duty.
Well, not yet, anyway. There’s always tomorrow though.
Head Canon: Time
Rose has a very bad habit of running late. It’s not quite as bad as it used to be back at the academy, but that’s only because she has a living, breathing, 6’7 alarm clock sharing her bed.
Still, even with Dimitri waking her up every morning—and he’s smart enough to start trying to rouse her at least 45 minutes before she has to be up, giving her plenty of time to grumble and beg for ‘just five more minutes’ of sleep or cuddling—she is always running behind. He’s always dressed and out the door at least twenty minutes before he has to be somewhere, leaving her half asleep, grumbling and huffing, chugging a coke as she tries to remember how to turn the shower on—something that’s rather difficult to do when you can’t seem to open your eyes.
It’s not something she means to do—she just has absolutely no concept of time in the morning when she is still bleary eyed and groggy and half asleep. By the time she remembers to even glance at the clock—and she always thinks she’s got plenty of time since she got up early—she realizes that it’s time to leave and she hasn’t even gotten dressed yet.
It’s a good thing that her charge is well aware of her habitual tardiness and shortcomings in the promptness department, otherwise she’d totally be screwed. Lissa may gently chide her about it from time to time or tease her when she comes running in with her hair unbrushed and her buttons askew from getting dressed in a rush, but the young queen realizes it’s something that’s probably never going to change so she doesn’t hold it against her.
At several different times in her life, Rose faced obstacles that seemed completely insurmountable. Each time it happened she was positive that she would never come up against anything harder than whatever hurdle it was that stood in her way. Again and again, she was proved wrong, because every time she managed to clear up one predicament, something even more difficult sprang up in its place. Still, she managed to conquer them all, even when it came to finding a way to bring the man she loved back from the dead.
Now, looking back, she sees how wrong she was all those times before. Yes, those things were all horrible, but compared to the latest issue she faces—one that will never, ever go away—all those other things seem almost easy. Because nothing in the world could be more difficult than watching someone you love suffer; to have to standby, unable to fight the battle on their behalf no matter how hard you might want to. All she can do is try her best to keep her best friend calm—something that is next to impossible when the girl in question happens to be a queen and faced with stressful situations on a daily basis.
Attempting to help Lissa fend off the insanity that spirit leaves in its wake—without the bond—really is the hardest thing she’s ever done. She just hopes and prays that this time—like all the times in the past—luck is on her side.
Prompt: Promise (part 2)
The Promise mark that every dhampir receives upon graduation is an ever present testament to what most members of Moroi society believes to be their sole purpose. It represents their vow to protect the Moroi no matter what—even at the cost of their own life. Rose always accepted that without question and was proud to receive her own tattoo after completing her trials.
But when she stares down at the wedding band on her finger, she knows that the promise she and Dimitri made to each other on their wedding day means so much more than the small mark on the nape of her neck. Some promises need not be etched on the skin, because they are branded with something more indelible than ink on a far more important place—the heart.
☾: Sleep Headcanon
Back at the Academy, sleep was something that Rose never seemed to manage to get enough of. Between the early morning training sessions with Dimitri and being dragged in to Lissa’s late night rendezvous with Christian through the bond, she spent most of her time in an almost sleep deprived state. Once the bond dissolved, she thought she might actually develop a somewhat normal sleep schedule, and she was right—for a while. Completely content, she falls asleep wrapped in the strong arms of her Russian god, feeling safe and secure. Even on the nights when Dimitri’s reoccurring nightmares wake them, she has no complaints—she simply cuddles up close to him and whispers soft, reassuring things until they both drift back to sleep.
It’s the nights when Dimitri has a late patrol or has to work a double shift that torment her. Those are the nights when she can’t sleep, haunted by the image of him falling in the cave. She tosses and turns for hours, fighting back the urge to call and check up on him, telling herself that she’s overreacting. When he finally comes home and crawls into their bed, pulling her close to his broad chest, she clings to him with relief. Snuggled up against him and listening to the sound of his heart beating, she is able to relax and close her eyes.
Only then can she finally fall asleep, but before she does, she always remembers to say a silent thank you—to whoever might be listening—for bringing him home to her, safe and sound.
Rose has never been known for being a patient person. She’s a ‘do-er’, and once a decision has been made she doesn’t want to wait a single minute, preferring to jump straight into action. In fact, the very idea of having to hold back and await results drives her up the wall, making her irritable and stressed.
She knew that having a baby took nine months, but seeing as how she and Dimitri would never be able to have children, the length of time just didn’t mattered to her—it was something she honestly just never really gave much thought to.
That is… until she turned up pregnant. That was when she realized exactly how long a woman had to wait to see her baby and hold it in her arms. When that happened, she was forced to learn the meaning of the word patience—because she discovered that nine months is a hell of a long time when you’re the one that has to do the waiting.
♒ - Family headcanon
When Rose fell in love with Dimitri, she accepted the fact they could never have children together. Although she felt guilty for depriving him of the chance to fulfill his dreams of becoming a father, she actually thought that it was probably for the best since their line of work was dangerous.
The problem was that after they had been together for a year or so, something within her… changed. Whenever she saw a mother holding a infant close, or saw children playing, she got the strangest ache, deep in the center of her chest. It took her a while to realize that the pain was actually a sense of profound longing, and it took her even longer to accept that she—Rose Hathaway—ached to hold a child of her own. She wanted to have Dimitri’s baby—to gaze down at its tiny face and see the perfect blending of both their features. She wanted them to have a family together—something she had never had but always craved.
She knew it was completely impossible. Dhampirs couldn’t procreate together—which meant the ache she felt would never go away. She forced herself to hide the grief she felt, not wanting Dimitri to see it—it was pointless to upset him over something that couldn’t be changed.
She should have realized that sometimes miracles do happen, especially when massive amounts of spirit are involved.
☄ - Food head canon
If anyone ever asked Rose what her favorite food was, she would reel of a list of random things like brownies, pepperoni pizza, or maybe donuts. She does love those things—but the thing is, none of them could be considered her absolute favorite thing to eat.
She would never, ever admit to anyone—except Dimitri—that the one thing she can’t get enough of is the very dish she’d teased Christian about back at the Academy. Whenever she finds out he’s preparing it—and yes, she is not above quizzing her boyfriend to obtain the information—her mind kicks into gear and she starts figuring out ways to get her hands on some without Christian’s knowledge. Her usual method is to enlist Dimitri to—reluctantly—distract his charge while she sneaks into the kitchen to grab the leftovers, and so far, it has worked like a charm.
Each time she does it she tells herself it will be the last time—she knows her luck won’t hold out forever and that eventually Christian will catch her in the act. But all it takes to break her resolve is Dimitri coming home from work with the lingering scent of Christian’s meatloaf clinging to his clothes. When that happens all her good intentions fly out the window, and she tells herself just one more taste and she’ll be satisfied forever.
(Anyone want to make a bet on how successful she will be in controlling herself?)
■ - Violent headcanon
When her bond with Lissa disappeared, Rose thought she would never have to worry about the heavy burden of spirits darkness again. Unfortunately for her, she was very, very wrong.
Her temper—which was always volatile even before the bond was in place—is still hair trigger and unpredictable. At times she swears she can still feel traces of the dark side of Lissa’s magic coursing through her mind. It is a feeling she recognizes—after all she did live with it for a quite a while—making her wonder if when the bond dissolved a part of the darkness got somehow trapped inside her. When she gets irritated, she can feel it taking root, making her prone to explode over the most trivial matters—stupid stuff that she would normally laugh at, like Christian making a snarky quip or Dimitri teasing her for being messy.
She’s discovered the best way to combat the episodes is by immersing herself in a grueling workout—sparring with Dimitri always does the trick, especially when they end their training with an intense, aggressive lovemaking session.