I know a lot of people did “top couples” for Valentine’s Day… but I wanted to do something different. There’s plenty of couples that could be considered “hot” or “good” together, but that’s not always the fun or interesting part. What about those couples that didn’t fall hopelessly in love from day one or struggled to find some common ground ? What about the ones who fought, tooth and nail, to find a way to bridge the gap and come together? I’m more about the conflict than the resolution, so that’s why I figured it’d be fun to rehash some difficult couplings and how they eventually turned out.
Note that not all couples are still together and I’m going way back, to the beginning, so everyone is included in this, not just recent happenings. They are also in no particular order, but likely from oldest to latest given the nature of how I went to gather the couples.
Just a warning–this is a long one!
Derek Saunders & Mary O`Hanlon
My first difficult couple. Derek was originally with Katy, who he’d been dating since they were teens. Mary, who was younger than Derek and friends with his younger sisters, always had a bit of a crush. When they all arrived at college, things got complicated. Mary, always sweet and unassuming, had never wanted to cause trouble and tried to fix the situation. Katy and Derek graduated and moved in together, but what happened in college never seemed to leave his mind.
Derek continued to seek Mary out until she finally met with him. They had one final moment as a ‘goodbye’ and then Derek returned home, begrudingly, to his family. He had originally intended to try and break things off with Katy, but she told him she was pregnant, with twins. They were married not long after.
Mary, meanwhile, was pregnant and kept quiet about her child. Sara was undeniably Derek’s, with every Saunder feature one could possibly have except her mother’s eyes. Everything went on as normal until, one day, Derek called for his sister, Gina, and Sara picked up. Mary finally relented and brought Sara to Derek’s house so she could meet her other grandparents and father, she made sure do it while Katy was at work. Katy came home and caught Derek embracing Mary, chased her out, and told Derek she was pregnant again. Unfortunately for Katy, her attempted shackling of Derek would be her undoing...
Derek had wanted to marry Mary as soon as he possibly could, but she refused. Katy’s death was still fresh in her mind and some part of her probably questioned the convenience of it all. Finally, she wore down and they were married. They went on to have twin girls and some difficulties once Derek’s involvement with Katy’s death came into question. Nevertheless, they were happily married and very much in love throughout their lives together.
Ryu Yu & Alyssa Anderson
Ryu Yu was the bastard son of Jun Yu and Henry Saunders. He watched his mother leave in a taxi and wouldn’t see her again until adulthood. Alyssa was the heir to the Anderson fortune and Thomas’ perfect, pretty puppet. It began young, but didn’t culminate until they were teens and ready for college. While Ryu was definitely in love with Alyssa, despite her mean and caustic ways, Alyssa seemed to be content just using him. It never led to anything romantic, though… until Alyssa realized they were going to graduate and separate. She came up with the idea that they should get married and was quite happy to tell her father, who she secretly liked disobeying. Ryu was, of course, hesitant. He didn’t want to just be a ploy, he wanted an actual relationship.
The ice queen Alyssa seemed to melt a bit and they were married. Things were going well, they settled into a routinue and eventually, Alyssa gave birth to Katarina. Of course, it was after this that the problems began. Ryu got his promotion and began feverently working on the Katy Saunders case. Alyssa, who had finally relented to her feelings for Ryu, was left unattended and felt unwanted. This changed, for a small amount of time, when Alyssa realized she was pregnant. Ryu backed off on his casework and spent more time with his family. Alyssa gave birth to Nevio and Roman and things were good… for awhile. Then Ryu went back to work with Tracey and Shang Yu started sniffing around…
Alyssa ignored his advances until she started getting the idea that maybe Ryu was cheating with Tracey. Shang caught her at a vulnerable time and they engaged in a brief affair. Things were tense for awhile and only got worse with Thomas’ death. Ryu and Alyssa fought constantly, her guilt at what she’d done eating away and Ryu’s inability to separate work and home making him irritable. In the end, they called it quits and Alyssa was left alone while Ryu ‘rescued’ Tracey from her lonely fate. Alyssa never remarried, though she had a notable fling with Patrick O`Hanlon. Had she been younger, something definitely could have developed there. Ryu went on to marry and Tracey had twins, Shelly and Marcus.
Ryu and Alyssa had always been rocky, but I truly thought they’d last. I didn’t want them to divorce, but it was their wants that drove me to it. Alyssa had no wants for Ryu, only Shang and Ryu and Tracey had coninciding wants. This one still makes me sad. I wanted them to work!
Tsung Yu & Lilith Anderson
Tsung Yu and Lilith Anderson weren’t immediately in love, in fact, in the beginning… they were rivals. Even as children, they were constantly arguing over who was smarter. This, of course, continued on into their teenage years. They were in the same circle, but always seemed to be battling one another. Lilith was too caught up with her boyfriend, Chuck Saunders’ death, to notice that Tsung’s teasing had lessened into good-natured curiosity. It wasn’t until university came around that Tsung actually admitted to himself that he might actually like Lilith. He tried subtle hints, but those had failed, so he did the last thing he ever thought he’d do… he acted.
Graduation left Lilith terribly confused and Tsung somewhat comforted by his plan of action. It took some time before she confronted him, which led to a bit more than either had anticipated… things only got worse when Tsung told her he loved her. Lilith continued to brush him off and stayed within the comfort of her childhood home. Eventually, she relented and after some serious bickering, they were married. They didn’t have much choice to adjust, as Lilith found out pretty quickly that she was pregnant. The weight of being a wife and a new mother wore her down quite a bit, not to mention all of the paranormal stuff, but she managed.
She found that motherhood wasn’t so bad and that maybe, she had always liked Tsung a little bit, too. The two maintained their completely different personalities, but found a way to work it out and eventually had two sons, Zhou and Fou-Lu. These two are one of my favorite couples. It was always a rocky road, but they made it work and Lilith loved Tsung a bit more than she’d like to admit, if her wants were anything to go by. When Lilith died, Tsung painted a picture of her. It hangs next to one of his mother, Eileen O`Hanlon in the hallway.
Nathaniel Anderson & Sara O`Hanlon
Sara O`Hanlon was Lilith Anderson’s best friend, who just happened to be Nathaniel’s twin sister. It’s no wonder Sara had plenty of time to develop a crush on the sports-oriented traditional boy. It was an unlikely match, Sara was a tomboy and Nathaniel only seemed to notice girly girls. Not to mention the fact they were constantly around one another and he probably saw her as a sister. It certainly didn’t help matters when Nathaniel went to university before her and had no issues getting attention from the ladies. Sara, left behind, was not feeling confident about her chances.
Against Lilith’s advice, Sara arrived at university looking very different and Nathaniel definitely noticed. While Sara definitely made a beautiful, normal girl, it just wasn’t her and she changed back before he graduated. The results were mixed. They parted ways.
Nathaniel’s career in sports came to an abrupt halt when he was injured and he found himself re-evaluating his life. He cared for Sara, but it was hard for him to realize until then. Lilith did her best to get them back together, unable to tolerate Sara’s whining any longer. They continued to date while Sara was at university. When she graduated, she hesitantly moved in with Nathaniel. They were happily unmarried, even when Sara became pregnant, there was no talk of it. Of course, Sara’s mother, Mary, had plenty to say about it.
It took the impending birth of their third child to push them into finally tying the knot and making things official. If you were to ask them why it took them so long, they’d simply say that it just wasn’t that important to them–they were happy as they were. Despite the difficult and rocky beginning of their relationship and Sara’s trust issues (did he want her because his career went kaput?), the two had a long and fulfilling life together. Not to mention some great looking kids!
Shang Yu & Katarina Anderson
A more unconventional couple you’d be hard-pressed to find. These two were pure fire together and they knew it, which is why they really didn’t bother with the silly things like “monogamy” or “matrimony.” Katarina was young when she met Shang and smitten when she did. She even fell into bed with him not long after, despite their obvious age gap. Of course, she had no idea he’d also slept with her mother. Shang got around and eventually, Katarina did, too. She even went so far as to sleep with her best friend, Marla O`Hanlon’s husband, Travis Knight. Shang, meanwhile, had knocked Kate Anderson up during university and was forced into marrying her. They had a son, Hugh.
Despite his marriage to Kate, Shang and Katarina continued to see one another. All of this fooling around led to an accident… Katarina found out she was pregnant. At the same time, Marla found out about Katarina messing with her husband, Travis, and kicked her out. She returned home. Shang eventually caught up to her and expressed his joy at her condition. Kate and Shang divorced and he moved down to Aperture with Katarina with their son, James.
While they were in a relationship, neither had any qualms about stepping outside of it. They had plenty of flings and weren’t really ones to get jealous of one another. At the end of the day, they always knew who they’d come back to and while it may not have been the best environment for their son, it worked for them. They continued their escapades well into elder years until finally, Shang said goodbye and Katarina left the house and moved in with their son, James.
Surprisingly, these two made a great couple. It’s weird how that works, isn’t it? They had plenty of flings, but they were three bolts and always the others’ number one pick!
Fou-Lu Yu & Elena Davis
The good, determined to achieve girl and the slacker boy who just wants to hang out… quite the common coupling, unfortunately. Elena Davis and Fou-Lu Yu were an accident. They met, they had chemistry, they had fun… but when did it turn serious? It’s hard to say, actually. Fou-Lu was subservient to Elena from the start. She was the high-achiever, the one who would go places and he was just there for the ride. He wasn’t the best choice for Elena and the fact that their fathers were best friends certainly didn’t helped matters. Fou-Lu found himself in trouble quite a lot, which didn’t elevate him much in Gordon’s eyes. It wasn’t until both he and Elena got caught that Elena began to think that maybe their relationship wasn’t meant to be.
This worry carried over into university, where Elena finally broke it off. She loved Fou-Lu, but he had no ambition, no drive and he was dragging her down with him. Fou-Lu was crushed and tried his best to win her back. They had a brief fling before graduation, but it only led to Elena avoiding him even more. The real reason Elena was avoiding him was because she was pregnant. She didn’t trust him to be a father, so she planned to raise Elena on her own. Michael eventually convinced Elena to give Fou-Lu a chance and he was able to not only learn about his daughter, but meet her. Elena still wasn’t convinced, however, and was determined to do it on her own.
It took some serious time and talking, but eventually, Elena and Fou-Lu stopped just sleeping together and became a couple again. They moved to townhouse in Aperture with their daughter, Emma. Things weren’t always easy between them, especially when Elena fell pregnant again in the middle of her big career opportunity. Fou-Lu continued to just drift in his job, which he acquired thanks to his brother’s connections. They never had any intention of marrying. Elena loved Fou-Lu, but she knew he’d never be the perfect one for her. Love isn’t always what we think it ought to be.
They’re still together and now they’re elders. These two have been on and off, hot and cold, together and apart more than any couple I’ve ever had before! Still, they seem to be working and I don’t see them parting anytime soon. They now have another daughter, Emily. Fou-Lu spun up a marriage want once, but Elena never has for Fou-Lu.
James Anderson & Kit Knight
James Anderson was intelligent, well-rounded, and had a good sense of what he wanted out of life. Unfortunately, he set his sights on Kit Knight fairly early on. Kit was equally as intelligent, if not a bit more, and had plenty of looks. She, however, didn’t see James the way he saw her (he was younger, to boot) and fell into bed with Claude Saunders during university. Despite knowing this, James persevered and tried to get her to see Claude for what he really was.
Despite building a relationship with James during her years at university, Kit went wild once she left. James, knew of course, how could he not? His determination refused to let go, though. He’d wait it out and seize her up once he graduated. They moved in together once he left university, but she continued to see Claude until he broke it off. This prompted her to agree to marry James, despite still being in love with Claude.
They were married rather quickly once they realized Kit was pregnant. Poor James had no idea that Kit really didn’t know who the father was! When the babies were born, it was obvious they were not James’. Katarina made this known and James kicked Kit out, filing for divorce. Kit, defeated and without anywhere else to go, returned home.
This couple was a mess from day one. Is it sad that I never really wanted them to succeed? I guess it was Kit’s love of Claude. She always, always had wants for him and still does. I felt bad for James, but he really cared about her and wanted her despite the stupid things she’d done. It’s karma, I think. Kit has definitely learned her lesson… not all love works out!
Michael Saunders & Sade O`Hanlon
For Sade, it was ‘love at first sight’ but for Michael, it was only red flags about their distant relation. To this day, I’m not sure what attracted Sade to Michael, her polar opposite in every way but looks. I knew when they met that I was in for trouble. There was the age gap, however. Michael was several years older than Sade and already through university when she arrived. This did little to discourage Sade, however, and she tried several very unsubtle tactics to gain his affections.
It wasn’t until Sade was kicked out of university and pleaded to move in that she got her chance. She was being too pushy, too obvious. Michael was reserved and his conscience was telling him not to fall under her sway. Their relationship seemed to happen fast, even though it took over a year or so for him to propose. Michael was methodical and his affections for Sade did not cloud his judgment, she was flaky and impetuous. He wasn’t about to sign any deals with her that he wasn’t sure of.
Despite their drastic differences, the two have gone on to have a very successful life together. Sade wasn’t sure if she was up for motherhood, but found herself sliding into the role fairly easily. And despite the random encounters with Michael’s strange father, the two have managed to make things work and live a normal life.
It’s kind of surprising to think that now, these two might not have happened. In fact, if Sade hadn’t pressed the issue so much, it wouldn’t have. Their relation to one another is quite distant and halved, but their age gap was also a big worry. They proved me wrong, though, and are one of happier, more stable couples for all the fuss it took to get them together. Such an odd coupling, but I love them!
Gregory Anderson & Lydia Anderson
Gregory Anderson knew he loved Lydia from day one, even if she didn’t realize it at the time. They had always been the best of friends, but were from very different worlds. Gregory was persistent, however, and refused to back down. It was unfortunate that Lydia still wasn’t convinced. There was also the issue of her competition, Emma Davis, who was from the same rich people group as Gregory and had quite an interest in him. Gregory had no interest, however, he wanted Lydia and persisted this right into university.
Lydia finally seemed to be melting under his resolve. They had been best friends, what harm would the transition into more cause? She worried they would shatter their friendship and part ways, but Gregory’s confidence helped her along and they became engaged. It’s unfortunate that Emma had plans of her own. Lydia fled after graduation and returned home, lost in her sadness and confusion at what had taken place. Gregory was unable to resolve the situation from a distance, but he couldn’t seem to get close enough to her to explain it. It wasn’t until he got a bit of a ‘pep talk’ from his father’s enemy, Gordon Saunders, that he got Lydia back for good.
Still a bit frightened and uncertain, Lydia forgave Gregory. Their marriage plans continued and the two finally made things official in a very big and lavish ceremony. So far, things seem to be working, especially with Emma officially out of the picture!
Don’t let their identical last names fool you, they’re less related than Michael and Sade. As far as sickeningly sweet couples go, these two are it. Their entire relationship reads like a romantic comedy or novel. It was almost painful at times! You all know I’m not that kind of gal. Anyway, I’m disclosing this here, because it’s the anniversary and all… Lydia is pregnant. She’s my fourth gen who is expecting!
Whew, that was long! There’s a few that didn’t make the cut, but I wanted couples with actual meat to them. Lydia and Gregory just barely made it, having had enough history behind them to document! I would have liked to see how things progressed for them, but seeing how infatuated they are now, I don’t see any speed bumps along the way.
Those Who Missed Out Were…
- Francis O`Hanlon & Rosa Anderson - I wanted to include these two, but as of yet, they are still “on and off” so it’s hard to say what the future holds for them, really.
- Francis O`Hanlon & Emma - These two may not have the same history, but when it comes to natural chemistry and just plain clicking? They do. I haven’t heard a click this loud in forever. I’m interested to see if Emma will get out of her downward spiral and if Francis can stick to one girl.
- Cole Anderson & Shelly Yu – Ahh, the pain, the agony! I thought about it and then decided this was for a list of people in love, not in hate. I’m so curious to see where these two end up.
- Kit Knight & Claude Saunders - James may have been in love with her, but Claude got ten times more from her than he ever did. And I don’t mean that entirely in a dirty way! She still has it in for him, hard. They were a train wreck. It was painful and amusing. I think Countess Emily would eat Kit if she dared go near Claude now.
- Patrick O`Hanlon & Viola Kalson – These two were tempting, given the messed up nature of their relationship! But again, I’m not entirely certain there’s the right kind of love in this one to be included. I should have done “totally messed up and dysfunctional couples”… but that’s kind of BS in a nutshell, isn’t it? Ha!
- Henry Saunders & Janine Anderson – How messed up can it be to know your love is a criminal mastermind? If only Henry knew what she was still doing with Thomas! These two were dysfunctional but in love, however didn’t make the cut because it just didn’t seem to fit. It would have been all over the place!
Hope you all enjoyed! Sorry this was so long, but my intent was to give background and recap of the overall relationship. Do you guys have any favorite couples, past or present?