Pre-Series AU. While Serena is away at boarding school, Dan & Blair become bitter academic rivals / friends / the kind of opposites who do not attract.
au: blair is a pop star and dan decidedly more indie, but they’re drawn to each other despite the genre clash.
The ease of his manner freed me from painful restraint; the friendly frankness, as correct as cordial, with which he treated me, drew me to him. - Jane Eyre