Mates I suppose. Typically, they’re quite literally “SOUL MATES, REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,” but for my story, I’ve basically ripped off a different story I read that was really good, but was taken down unfortunately (it’s still on Fiction Press though - it’s called Demons of the Heart by RoughDraftHero). Basically, the idea is that instead of eye contact or one mate already chosen, people have “scent triggers,” pheromones that attract people. The weaker the pheromones, the less the attraction - the stronger the pheromones, the stronger the attraction.
The way I developed my version of scent triggers is that some people won’t have a scent trigger to match (for example, Person A might have a scent trigger that attracts person B, but Person B’s scent trigger doesn’t attract Person A). Society developed in a way that it’s shameful to not mate with someone that has a strong scent marker.
Well, I also have the “one mate” kind of thing, based on a disorder I made (creates basically an “inner wolf” that keeps it’s eye on one person, but I’m still fleshing it out).
Also, I’m working really hard on making a character that is actually independent lol I know it’s a cliche, but most of the cliche’d characters aren’t independent (though they claim to be).
Idk how cliche all of this is in respect to how alot of stories have the same spin on them.