Just started Graceling, by Kristin Cashore last night. I'm a third of the way through and I'm sure I'm supposed to be most intently focused on Katsa's storyline and her relationship with Po, but how can I, when the relationship between Raffin and Bann is so unspokenly obvious that it continually distracts me?!?
"Are you alone?" (Katsa)
"Yes, except for Bann, of course." (Raffin)
"It was a windowless room, dark and musty, but it was the only place in the castle that they could not be sure no one would find, and that Raffin and Bann could stay so near to most of the time.
Bann was Raffin's friend of many years...One day Raffin stumbled across him, and the two children had fallen to talking about herbs and medicines...Shortly thereafter, Raffin had begged Bann's help with a particular experiment, and from that time on had effectively stolen Bann for himself. Bann was Raffin's assistant in all things."
(Katsa to Raffin) "'You're not in love with me, are you?'
He stared at her for a moment speechless. Then he burst into laughter. Bann laughed, too, though he tried valiantly to hide it behind his hand."
But of course, the author herself refuses to enter the fray. In October she did an FAQ on her blog, and the fifth question and her response are:
Are Raffin and Bann lovers?
This is, hands down, my most frequently asked question. It's also a perfect example of a question I won't answer. :o)
So, OBVIOUSLY, they are.