Dair Appreciation Week: Day Six & Day Seven (Favorite Song that Reminds You of Dair and a Dair AU)
**Song: Breakin’ by The All American Rejects
"Hold on tight
Wrap your arms around me til your knuckles are burning white
All your tears
Couldn’t match the bitter taste of all these wasted years
You take take
Everything that wasn’t even yours
Wait wait
You don’t got a hold of me anymore
In a clear view there’s a silhouette
And I watch you and I can’t forget
(Knew we were done when you locked that door)
Yeah I figured it out now
Breaking’s what the heart is for
When I see you in a silhouette
And you hold close, do you feel regret
(Keeping me down when I hit that floor)
And I figured it out girl
Breaking’s what your heart is for
(For) so long
I’ve had to bite my tongue 
But what’s the point if the feelings gone?
I turn my head (I turn my head)
A blind eye only sees a memory but all I see is red (all I see is red)
Now don’t don’t
Say it didn’t happen that way
I won’t won’t
Believe another word that you say
In a clear view there’s a silhouette
And I watch you and I can’t forget
(Knew we were done when you locked that door)
Yeah I figured it out now
Breaking’s what the heart is for
When I see you in a silhouette
And you hold close, do you feel regret
(Keeping me down when I hit that floor)
And I figured it out girl
Breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
And not a soul sleeps
Another heart skips a beat
It’s every note that you wrote 
And I hope that you choke on the lines
You’re wasting my time, another heart beats tonight
In a clear view there’s a silhouette
And I watch you no I’ll never forget
(Knew we were done when you locked that door)
Yeah I figured it out now
Breaking’s what the heart is for
When I see you in a silhouette
And you hold close, do you feel regret
(Keeping me down when I hit that floor)
And I figured it out girl
Breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for”
**AU: Blair tries to come back into Dan’s life after several years without communication, but Dan can’t forgive and forget so easily.
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The reason I chose this song is because as much as I love Dan and Blair together, at the end of the day she made the decision to leave Dan behind without even so much as a proper explanation. So yes, I am all for Dan calling her out on her bullshit and making her fight for his respect again. And that’s where this song fits my AU too because we all know eventually she’ll come back to him, once she’s realized what a mistake she made in letting him go. But I want it to be too late for her. I don’t like the idea that Dan would pine for her the rest of his life and never move on. I want Dan to have found someone new (not Serena), and moved on from Blair and all the ridiculous drama that came along with being apart of the UES.

Dair Appreciation Week: Day Six & Day Seven (Favorite Song that Reminds You of Dair and a Dair AU)

**Song: Breakin’ by The All American Rejects

"Hold on tight
Wrap your arms around me til your knuckles are burning white
All your tears
Couldn’t match the bitter taste of all these wasted years

You take take
Everything that wasn’t even yours
Wait wait
You don’t got a hold of me anymore

In a clear view there’s a silhouette
And I watch you and I can’t forget
(Knew we were done when you locked that door)
Yeah I figured it out now
Breaking’s what the heart is for
When I see you in a silhouette
And you hold close, do you feel regret
(Keeping me down when I hit that floor)
And I figured it out girl
Breaking’s what your heart is for

(For) so long
I’ve had to bite my tongue
But what’s the point if the feelings gone?
I turn my head (I turn my head)
A blind eye only sees a memory but all I see is red (all I see is red)

Now don’t don’t
Say it didn’t happen that way
I won’t won’t
Believe another word that you say

In a clear view there’s a silhouette
And I watch you and I can’t forget
(Knew we were done when you locked that door)
Yeah I figured it out now
Breaking’s what the heart is for
When I see you in a silhouette
And you hold close, do you feel regret
(Keeping me down when I hit that floor)
And I figured it out girl
Breaking’s what your heart is for

Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for

And not a soul sleeps
Another heart skips a beat
It’s every note that you wrote
And I hope that you choke on the lines
You’re wasting my time, another heart beats tonight

In a clear view there’s a silhouette
And I watch you no I’ll never forget
(Knew we were done when you locked that door)
Yeah I figured it out now
Breaking’s what the heart is for
When I see you in a silhouette
And you hold close, do you feel regret
(Keeping me down when I hit that floor)
And I figured it out girl
Breaking’s what your heart is for

Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for
Yeah breaking’s what your heart is for”

**AU: Blair tries to come back into Dan’s life after several years without communication, but Dan can’t forgive and forget so easily.

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The reason I chose this song is because as much as I love Dan and Blair together, at the end of the day she made the decision to leave Dan behind without even so much as a proper explanation. So yes, I am all for Dan calling her out on her bullshit and making her fight for his respect again. And that’s where this song fits my AU too because we all know eventually she’ll come back to him, once she’s realized what a mistake she made in letting him go. But I want it to be too late for her. I don’t like the idea that Dan would pine for her the rest of his life and never move on. I want Dan to have found someone new (not Serena), and moved on from Blair and all the ridiculous drama that came along with being apart of the UES.

Dair Appreciation Week: Day Four (Moment You Started Shipping Them)
Empire of the Son, 4x17
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There was so much Dair in this episode that it was almost too much to handle. And that fact that they finally addressed the issue of whether Dan and Blair would ever go there was the cherry on top. Before this episode, I feel like I was holding my breath for any sign of hope of an actual romantic relationship for these two. From the very beginning they were my favorite two characters, so naturally, their screentime together was my favorite. But actually believing some feelings would surface between them? Pffftt I knew better than to let my mind go there. ESPECIALLY with the way their relationship had started. Then they started having more scenes together, and scheming and having more awesome witty banners, and slowly but surely, I started letting the idea of them grow bigger in the back of my mind until suddenly I was shipping them hardcore and anxiously awaiting their next scene together. 
And the writers must’ve felt the chemistry too, hence the brilliant episode that was 4x17. Now why the writers ever felt like they didn’t deserve a proper run as a couple, or a proper breakup for that matter, will forever be beyond me.

Dair Appreciation Week: Day Four (Moment You Started Shipping Them)

Empire of the Son, 4x17

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There was so much Dair in this episode that it was almost too much to handle. And that fact that they finally addressed the issue of whether Dan and Blair would ever go there was the cherry on top. Before this episode, I feel like I was holding my breath for any sign of hope of an actual romantic relationship for these two. From the very beginning they were my favorite two characters, so naturally, their screentime together was my favorite. But actually believing some feelings would surface between them? Pffftt I knew better than to let my mind go there. ESPECIALLY with the way their relationship had started. Then they started having more scenes together, and scheming and having more awesome witty banners, and slowly but surely, I started letting the idea of them grow bigger in the back of my mind until suddenly I was shipping them hardcore and anxiously awaiting their next scene together.

And the writers must’ve felt the chemistry too, hence the brilliant episode that was 4x17. Now why the writers ever felt like they didn’t deserve a proper run as a couple, or a proper breakup for that matter, will forever be beyond me.

Dair Appreciation Week: Day Three (Favorite Outfit)
Petty in Pink, 4x19
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The dress + hairstyle combination on Blair fit together really nicely. And this is one of the few episodes that we got to see a Dan & Blair centered episode where Dan actually had a decent haircut, so I appreciate that most from his outfit. Plus he’s wearing a suit, ‘nuf said.

Dair Appreciation Week: Day Three (Favorite Outfit)

Petty in Pink, 4x19

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The dress + hairstyle combination on Blair fit together really nicely. And this is one of the few episodes that we got to see a Dan & Blair centered episode where Dan actually had a decent haircut, so I appreciate that most from his outfit. Plus he’s wearing a suit, ‘nuf said.

Dair Appreciation Week: Day Two (Favorite Quote)
Despicable B, 5x21
Dan: Maybe you are so focused on how everyone else perceives you that you no longer know who you are. And that’s too bad because if you could only see what I see.
Blair: Somehow between being traded for a hotel and selling out for a tiara, I lost my true self. But I want to be found. Could you possibly help?
Dan: I have a feeling that the real Blair Waldorf is a lot closer than you think. It wasn’t too long ago she and I were working side-by-side at W, and I completely fell for her.
Blair: And, what was that girl like? 
Dan: That girl is fiercely strong. Independent. Outspoken. Beautiful. Capable of anything…and no man or magazine should be able to take that away from her.
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For obvious reasons this is my favorite verbiage between them. Especially the ending (“No man or magazine should be able to take that away from her.”) Because where Chuck was always emphasizing the power of the Chuck and Blair duo, Dan did the opposite I feel. He was so selfless in their relationship, making sure she was alright first, before worrying about himself. That’s key, to any relationship really - knowing yourself. Blair was starting to find her real self with Dan, it’s sad that we weren’t allowed to see her reach her full potential with him :/

Dair Appreciation Week: Day Two (Favorite Quote)

Despicable B, 5x21

Dan: Maybe you are so focused on how everyone else perceives you that you no longer know who you are. And that’s too bad because if you could only see what I see.
Blair: Somehow between being traded for a hotel and selling out for a tiara, I lost my true self. But I want to be found. Could you possibly help?
Dan: I have a feeling that the real Blair Waldorf is a lot closer than you think. It wasn’t too long ago she and I were working side-by-side at W, and I completely fell for her.
Blair: And, what was that girl like?
Dan: That girl is fiercely strong. Independent. Outspoken. Beautiful. Capable of anything…and no man or magazine should be able to take that away from her.

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For obvious reasons this is my favorite verbiage between them. Especially the ending (“No man or magazine should be able to take that away from her.”) Because where Chuck was always emphasizing the power of the Chuck and Blair duo, Dan did the opposite I feel. He was so selfless in their relationship, making sure she was alright first, before worrying about himself. That’s key, to any relationship really - knowing yourself. Blair was starting to find her real self with Dan, it’s sad that we weren’t allowed to see her reach her full potential with him :/

Dair Appreciation Week: Day One (Favorite Episode)
Empire of the Son, 4x17
Dan: “I’ve been walking around the city all night with one all-consuming, paralyzing thought.” 
Blair: “…why am I in the City when I live in Brooklyn?” 
Dan: “Blair, what if there is another reason we’ve been keeping us a secret. 
Blair: “Another reason like what?” 
Dan: “Plausible deniability. Blair, we’ve been keeping us a secret because we’re afraid there is something more.”
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Basically because this is where it all started for them romantically (even though it took Blair a while longer to get with the program.) 
People thought I was crazy for ever wanting to see them as a pair, but the episodes following up to this one and this episode especially, just helped convince me more of just how plain awesome they were together.
I DARED TO DAIR AND I REGRET NOTHING

Dair Appreciation Week: Day One (Favorite Episode)

Empire of the Son, 4x17

Dan: “I’ve been walking around the city all night with one all-consuming, paralyzing thought.”
Blair: “…why am I in the City when I live in Brooklyn?”
Dan: “Blair, what if there is another reason we’ve been keeping us a secret.
Blair: “Another reason like what?”
Dan: “Plausible deniability. Blair, we’ve been keeping us a secret because we’re afraid there is something more.”

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Basically because this is where it all started for them romantically (even though it took Blair a while longer to get with the program.)

People thought I was crazy for ever wanting to see them as a pair, but the episodes following up to this one and this episode especially, just helped convince me more of just how plain awesome they were together.

I DARED TO DAIR AND I REGRET NOTHING

“They send a person who can never stay,” she whispered. “Who can never accept my offer of companionship for more than a little while. They send me a hero I can’t help … just the sort of person I can’t help falling in love with.”

As I sailed into the lake I realized the Fates really were cruel. They sent Calypso someone she couldn’t help but love. But it worked both ways. For the rest of my life I would be thinking about her. She would always be my biggest what if.” 

 ― Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

“They send a person who can never stay,” she whispered. “Who can never accept my offer of companionship for more than a little while. They send me a hero I can’t help … just the sort of person I can’t help falling in love with.”

As I sailed into the lake I realized the Fates really were cruel. They sent Calypso someone she couldn’t help but love. But it worked both ways. For the rest of my life I would be thinking about her. She would always be my biggest what if.”

― Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

I guess the reason I can’t really see the comparisons between Dair & Steroline is because where Caroline has helped build Stefan up at his lowest, just like he did her, all Blair did was put Dan down pre-dating. Steroline is more of an mutual respect kind if friendship, whereas Dair had it’s rough patches before Blair really considered Dan to being even remotely close to her “high-standing.”

Not trying to start an argument or anything, just my thoughts