^Welcome, dreamlessoften! It's great to have you here--glad you decided to de-lurk and join us! And yay for this thread being so active! I kinda feel bad for both Lindsay and Flack--I think they're in the same boat when it comes to having unrequited feelings for Danny. If Lindsay weren't so selfish, I'd feel worse for her, because at least Danny lets Flack in, confides in him and trusts him. Any way you read it--romantic, fraternal, friendship--what Flack did for Danny in "All in the Family" was an act of love. And at the end, when Danny was a little brat to him, Flack could have thrown up his hands in frustration and said, "You know what, fix your own mess next time." But he didn't. He looked Danny straight in the eye and said, "You're my friend. Makes it my business." I have a feeling he probably wanted to say more--like maybe the L-word--but he held back. And Danny just kind of digested the information. I kind of wonder if Danny has picked up on Flack's desire for him and offered him sex after one of the many times Flack's been there for him. I could see that happening. And I think Flack would take him up on it. Agreed. I think Danny knows he can let his guard down with Flack, and I also think Danny knows just how susceptible Flack is to those big eyes of his. Danny has probably realized Flack will do anything for him. It's just a question of whether or not he's figured out why. But for now, I also think Flack's feelings are mostly unrequited. I'm not sure Danny's in a place where he can love anyone back right now. Exactly. If Danny opens up to Flack like that, if he trusts Flack like that and then Flack hurts him? Danny would probably just be crushed. Flack is the person who is always there for him, and if Danny didn't have Flack, he'd probably feel pretty darn bereft. And that's what Danny doesn't get--Flack never would give up on him. Flack loves Danny--not just the fact that he's sexy and alluring or that he has a coy, flirty personality, but loves Danny, the guy who walks around with his heart on his sleeve, the guy who messes up trying to do the right thing, the guy who cares a little too much. Hell, Flack even loves Danny's dumb jokes. Flack loves Danny. Danny just needs to get that. Sammy! Great to see you here. And yes, ugh, no amalgamation of names here...though I do hear Flack is rather fond of Danny's fanny. :devil: Flack is totally patient, and I think to him waiting for Danny is okay. Flack clearly doesn't want for company :lol: and if it takes Danny a little while to come around, well, Flack sure does seem confident that he will eventually do so. I think that's the big difference between Lindsay and Flack: Lindsay cares about what Danny can do for her, and Flack cares about Danny himself. Exactly, because even if Danny felt the same--and it doesn't seem like he does where Lindsay is concerned--more guilt is the last thing he needs at the moment. And Flack would never do that to him--he genuinely loves Danny too much to try to make what he feels for Danny something Danny should feel bad or guilty about. Oh, Flack has no self control around food, but he has even less around Danny. I think if you gave Flack the choice between the perfect hot dog and naked Danny, he'd choose Danny, but oh, what a hard choice! :lol: Exactly. If Danny was hurting himself or doing something to endanger himself--like he did in 413--Flack would be there in a heartbeat, and he wouldn't let that happen. But if Danny chooses to do something to ease his guilt that isn't harmful or self-destructive, Flack is going to respect that. Flack respects and loves Danny enough to accept that Danny has free will, and the right to act as he chooses, to confide in who he chooses, to seek solace with who he chooses. I think Flack would want to at least feel like he's got a shot. The guy might be a romantic, but he's not a masochist. He's not going to want to go to Danny just to get shot down. Danny's The One as far as Flack's concerned. And Flack's a patient man--he knows that sooner or later, he's going to get Danny to come around.