Isn’t It Ironic

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out
— “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette

Jer, Jer, forgive me. I gave your body to Dom, and now it’s beginning to look like he’s going to get away with your would-be girlfriend, too. Let me explain! XD

When I first got Dom, I pretty much knew that he and Valyntine would get along well. He’s a natural charmer (even Joce will grudgingly admit to this), and it makes sense that he would kick it up an extra notch for the only lady of the household. However, I’d only ever expected it to be on the level of “friendship”, with a little courtly flirting just because V gets so precious little of that from anyone else. Her relationship with Jer is next to nonexistent at worst and shaky at best, and while she’s close to the JoJuVi trio, she’s undeniably on the outside there too.

Dom seemed like a good solution all around – someone not romantically interested in her, yet he’s also talkative and charismatic. Because he was (at least initially, and possibly still is) more interested in chasing Joce’s skirts getting into Joce’s pants, he was “safe” but at the same time (and this is key), confident and friendly.

Important to note – Jerolyn doesn’t usually lack confidence except where V sees him the most, that is, when the two of them are interacting. Unfortunately for Jer, his lack of a spine around Valyntine doesn’t immediately earn him points. When he does have confidence, it’s because he’s in Angry Mode, which also doesn’t do a whole lot for a shy, softspoken girl. Yes, he can be sweet with V, but the point is that he so often loses his nerve that the chance to show her what she means to him passes him by.

But then there’s Domynic. Dom has absolutely no lack of self-confidence, and that would actually help V by encouraging her to be a little more reassured, too. Being less violent than Jer would also be appealing to a girl that’s been the victim of too much violence and pain already. He’s not the kind to go punching someone in the face just because he’s feeling frustrating. Dom’s not all sweetness and light the way Justyn is, but as a trade-off he’s a little more realistic in his outlook.

Ironically, what I can see Dom being most attracted to is that Valyntine is actually a lot like Justyn, even if she doesn’t realize it herself. And everything about that comparison – all the things that Dom is insanely jealous of Justyn for being or having or doing – would be exactly the reasons why he would like her. In a way, the Domynic + Valyntine relationship would mirror that of Jocelyn + Justyn, especially in terms of power types.

What makes Dom a failure next to Joce is that Joce has Justyn, a partner to work with that will make his own powers (that as a “booster”) worthwhile. A booster alone does very little, as the power is designed to act as an amplifier and battery for another. The closer the two are (booster and boostee), the better the final outcome. Two boosters working together (as in the possible Dom + Joce scenario) would be virtually worthless, as there would be nothing to amplify. However, split the groups up and the boosters can put the pedal to the metal, increasing the effectiveness of their respective partners.

In other words, it doesn’t make sense for Domynic to be with Joce. (Those of you worried that I may eventually break up the threesome can breathe a sigh of relief. They’re staying together, and they’re staying a threesome.) It would make sense for Dom to be partnered with someone that could use that extra step up, though, and as Jer has problems with that sort of thing as-is, the current candidate is Valyntine.

At one point, I thought Dom could merely be a catalyst to force Jer into confessing his love to V. It’d work well – flirt with her just enough to make Jer jealous, then use that to push him into making a stand for himself. (The whole “well, if you want her, then you’re going to have to fight me for her, huh?”, but never with the intention of actually trying to keep her. A ruse, if you will.) In general, I don’t have a problem with this, except that I would never want it to seem like Dom was purposely stringing V along. I don’t think it’d occur to him to hurt her like that; he’d only flirt with her knowing that she knew it was just pretend and was completely okay with it.

Getting back to the top half of this post, I’d put them together for photos partly as a request and partly just to see how they’d look together. Nearly everyone else (barring Jer, whose body Dom is using; and Vincynt, who is still MIA; and yes, I realize that “everyone else” doesn’t really make sense in this situation, but let’s keep going!) had been in shoots together with Dom, and V was next on the list. I didn’t think much of it except that they look good together. Not only good, but both of them look totally relaxed and at ease with one another and, dare I say it, even Valyntine looks happy.

V. Happy. That’s a hard emotion to coax from her in any situation, but I just have this feeling that she’s really, amazingly comfortable with Dom.

Talk about causing problems.

This may be something I’ll simply dismiss; yet now that it’s started, I can see how and why this would work, at least in the short term. What it would do with Jer is beyond me at the moment. I may mess with this story path for a while and see where it leads, if it only tangles things up in the end or if it helps with some of the issues I’ve been having with Jer anyway. We’ll see, I guess.

…I just think Dom and V are so cute together that it’s sickening. XD

One-Eyed Jack

A one-eyed jack is, in a standard deck of cards, the jack of spades or the jack of hearts, both of which are seen in profile (and thus only one eye is seen). The popularity of cards and the somewhat macabre nature of the phrase have led to its use in popular culture.

These are mostly throwaways; I took them last night to use up the last of my battery’s juice so I could recharge it today. For being quickies, they actually turned out rather good — color’s much better now that I’ve white balanced with Joce’s hair in mind, and the connection between Dom and the one-eyed jack was too good to pass up. I’ll probably take more in a similar vein in the future.

(For the curious, a larger version of the second image is currently my desktop wallpaper. XD)

Dom = ♥

a Lesson In Confidence

Bah. More practice, this time with Dom.

Nothing to say about this. Artificial light. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I’ll keep trying.

war of the roses

Geez, I love these two. I don’t know which is my favorite at the moment – Justyn or Domynic. They’re similar in so many ways (one of the reasons I liked Dom right away is that he reminded me so much of Justyn, especially the mouth), and yet distinctly different, too. I think they’ll get some more photo shoots together in the future. ♥

I had to steal Jer’s body for this, though, so his head is packed up in a box to await the day I either switch off again or finally get a body for Dom. That makes this kind of an experiment because… I want to know how much I miss Jer if he’s not around. If I could part with him or if I need him to stay. So we’ll see how that goes.

who’s scruffy-looking?

Well, he is. Kinda.

Purple isn’t really Dom’s color – I need to get something in navy blue for him, I think. But since I’ve already taken photos of Jocelyn recently, and Justyn’s body is still out on loan to Domynic anyway, he was the only real candidate for the job. Methinks he did just fine, though. Man, I love the way the Yukinojo bangs fall, what a spiffy wig. XD