OK, so by now you've surely heard the rumors that Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are dating or hooking up or whatever-ing. After seeing them dancing together at the annual Met Gala in early May, some thought there could maybe be something there between them. But one fanfiction writer predicted the Swift-Hiddleston union TWO YEARS AGO. Well, maybe she didn't predict it, but she wrote about it, and holy moly, did she get it right.
Jennifer Stanley (who goes by the name jenniiichristine on the fan-fiction site An Archive of Our Own) wrote a five-chapter story about Taylor and Hiddleston getting together…in December 2014. (As well as another one in April 2015, called "I Know Places.") And get this—in her story they meet at the Met Gala in 2015, JUST LIKE THEY REALLY DID IN 2016. In the author's note for the story, called "Wildest Dreams" (just like the Taylor Swift song, duh), Stanley wrote:
Anyway, I know I'm going to get a lot of hate for this pairing, but I don't care. I'm a huge fan of Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift as individuals, and I'd love it if they got together in real life. Alas, what's the likelihood of that ever happening?
Bustle reached out to Stanley to get some insight into her uncanny prescience. Apparently, Stanley found out about the perfection-in-human-form named Tom Hiddleston in October 2014. She learned that he was "optimistic," fit, and into dancing and 80s music. And hey, Taylor Swift is also into those things (along with, honestly, a pretty big portion of the world's population. It's like being into "fun"), and Stanley had been a fan of TayTay for 10 years, so ". . . naturally I was like, 'Well, because of all of this, let's just put my two faves together!' Hence, Hiddleswift was made." SMDH. Unreal.
So how on earth did she come up with them meeting at the Met Gala? Stanley told Bustle:
I just did one Google Search, that took one minute, to see what events they would ever potentially cross paths at considering they're in two separate fields of work. And the Met Gala was seriously the only event it could ever happen at. I just wanted my research to back up my fanfiction.
Stanley reminded Bustle that, as it happens, their site also thought the two would make a great pair, as written in a 2014 article called "Tom Hiddleston's Girlfriend Checklist Is As Perfect As You'd Expect."
So now the question of the moment is—what's next for these optimistic dancers? Stanley told Bustle, "I need a few days to see what happens before making a prediction. I'd rather not make any calls now, just to get a feel for the aftermath since this is all so sudden." Hey, fair enough. Rome wasn't written in a day.