I never thought I’d end up writing Winx fanfiction — especially about Aisha and Nex. I didn’t always like this couple. Like a lot of fans, I hated Nex when he was introduced, and I couldn’t imagine her dating him.
After all, I still wanted Nabu to come back. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember some of my comments during season five. For example, when Aisha snapped at Roy in “The Power of Harmonix” (5X06), I said she needed Nabu because without him, she’d gone back to hating boys.
Seeing her with another guy felt weird. It still does sometimes. She and Nabu seemed like a sure thing — if for no other reason than we didn’t think Rainbow would break any of the initial couples up. I even said that in a post during season four: “Would Rainbow actually split our sweet couples up? All we can do is keep watching to find out!” Little did I know.
Story-wise, Aisha and Nex don’t feel as stable. Nex is no charming prince. He’s rude and arrogant sometimes, and we’ve seen him and Aisha argue. Plus, it’s not an arranged marriage, so the relationship doesn’t have a goal yet. Who knows they’ll even end up getting married?
This couple’s unfamiliar and unpredictable, offering no promises and guarantees.
Nabu’s death and the season six love triangle add to that feeling. Now you can’t help but feel like Aisha’s love life is always up in the air. She’s been with a different guy every season or two. Why let ourselves get attached to Nex, especially since he seems to be the least likable?
Plus, this relationship’s moving slowly. Aisha’s relationship with Nabu seemed fully developed after less than a season! If he came back, we wouldn’t have to wait for a happy ending. Why should we gamble on Nex and risk getting our hearts broken — again?
If Aisha and Nex have the most strikes against them, why do I love them?
I know some fans think I’m crazy for it. What’s there to love about this couple? They haven’t done anything significant.
Do they have to? Although I hope Rainbow will develop their relationship more in future seasons, I don’t rate this couple by how many cute or memorable scenes they’ve had. In fact, I cringe when fans say, “I like [insert favorite couple] because they’re cute.” That’s it? They’re just…cute? We call all the couples “cute,” so how does that say anything unique about them?
The reason I love Aisha and Nex — and why I love talking about them — is because I’ve noticed a lot of clever and, yes, unique elements in their relationship. I’ve mentioned some of them before, but I keep discovering more. It’s like a treasure hunt. The more I dig, the more I find.
These elements have to do with character design, symbolism, pacing, and more. We don’t tend to notice them unless they’re obvious, but they’re just as important as the plot itself. They can even be used to explain parts of the story that don’t make sense to us.
They’re also form the structure of the story. Imagine the story as a house. The rooms are the plot: what you see, what you react to, what you remember. The roof is the ending, but that’s far away. Everything else makes up the walls and foundation — what holds the story together.
Just like we clean up and decorate our rooms when we entertain guests, Rainbow can easily add more romance to Aisha and Nex’s story to make it sweeter. But that’s just the surface stuff. The underlying elements — things no other couple has — are what make them special.
For a while, I’ve been afraid to talk about this couple on my blog. That might sound pathetic, but it’s true. Bringing them up always makes somebody mad.
But I won’t hold back anymore. I’m impressed by how much thought Rainbow put into Aisha and Nex, and I wanna share what I’ve discovered with you. These two will never become the focus of my blog, but expect some more posts about them in the future.