Toward the end of the first Lord of the Rings movie (The Fellowship of the Ring) (and I hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone) where Boromir is fatally wounded while trying to defend Merry and Pippin, and Aragorn leans over him as he was dying -- is it wrong of me to wish that Aragorn would kiss Boromir? He does on the forehead, of course, but I'm talking about a full mouth, warrior-on-warrior, my brother you are dying, let me taste your sweet nectar one more time, kiss? It is, isn't it?
Watching that scene last night, however, made me think about unintended slash. Now, I am a horse crazy girl from way back. The Riders of Rohan, tough, long-haired men who know how to fight and ride, they're my type of men. Aaragorn too, with his piercing blue stare and rugged manliness, just makes me wish I could lick him all over really slow. And when I was done, I'd start all over again. Aaragorn. Sigh! *goes to happy place*
I'm sure Tolkien did not intend for slash action to happen between these two brothers-in-arms. The kiss was a gesture of honor, a farewell to a fallen comrade. And yet, this is one instance of unintended slash. It happens all the time. Though Joss has hinted at the history between Angel and Spike (and oh we fangirls live on those hints and innuendos), and certain shows openly slash their characters, a lot of the slash is unintended. Morgan and Dresden for example. One the stern taskmaster, the other the warrior trying to do right. "Kiss me, Dresden, and I'll forget all about your sins," Morgan says, his gaze as stern as ever.
I'm cracking myself up here. I can't be the only person who creates this unintended slash. And yeah, usually I'm imagining myself right there with them. It's fun. It's harmless. And best of all, it's slash!