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GND171 - A Measure of Clarity by Pika-la-Cynique GND171 - A Measure of Clarity by Pika-la-Cynique
Welp, said is said and all that jazz....
Jareth has been somewhat .... uninhibited (yes, even more so than usual) since he returned (as Javert can testify), whether or not he IS on a bender is really open to iterpreation. And it's been established [ [link] ] that winter is NOT his favourite season even when he's not being mopey self-doubting and emotionally compromised. (plus the whole Jadis angle...)

Legolas is, of course, being distracted by his new sort-of girlfriend Cheryl. Also, digging up Navy slang for James is fun.


This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles. Not mine, not making money from it.

Jareth and Sarah (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Bowie and Connelly
Erik (c) Leroux and Webber
Javert (c) Hugo, Boublil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer.
James Norrington (c) Disney, Bruckheimer, Verbinski
The Horror Known As The Pale Man, aka The Thing That Would Not Leave (c) Guillermo del Toro, Tequila Gang, New Line Home Video

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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Shuggerpaw Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist
Hahah ... for such a long time I diden't quite understood the meaning of a few passages... until I watched Labyrinth now I have ot laugh every time from joy of recognicing a passage of the movie 😄
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, it's pretty necessary, as JS is a main dynamic here. :)
Shuggerpaw Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist
Very true^^
ReignitedN7 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh Sarah...when will you see that the greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return?

Yes. Yes I just did that. 
If you, for some ungodly reason, don't know where that came from, look up Nature Boy- David Bowie on YouTube.

I'm pretty sure you've listened to it, but just in case ;)
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Since Bowie is involved, Sarah's selective obliviousness must kick in. :D
ReignitedN7 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ah yes I forgot about her selective obliviousness...
Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014   General Artist
Lol I'm guessing no one likes the Pale Man or at least seeing him at the window:lol:
Brilliant move on your part!  X3
MissMcGuire Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
What is that strange symbol at the end of 'your eyes can be so cruel'? It looks like an 'h'. 
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
I use a  ~/ .... /~ -ish symbol to show he's singing. Not even sure where I picked that up, now you question it.
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Stroth, is that snergler back!?!" ROFL!! :rofl:
Emalthya Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The only person I've ever heard say struth is Alf Stewart... so I am afraid that James was dubbed over with Alf's voice for that. Disturbing and hilarious.

Also snurgler=priceless
Irrissa-cicero Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Also, I can't help but notice that she doesn't try even a little bit to get Jareth off her. X3 Emote :eeeee: Ok, I'm back. :D
Irrissa-cicero Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It happened again! Another beautiful moment! RUINED!!!!!!!!!!! Calming down... Just gonna focus on the cuteness... 
blackwings78 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Awwwwwww so cute :3
Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with NikiMaweird such a good moment for a kiss!
BataviaAnime Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww! Cute romantic moment spoiled by the guys!
What *is* the Fail Field, exactly?
NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why did they have to interrupt this wonderful moment, which would have definitly ended up in a kiss!
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okay... NOW I'm wondering when / how Jareth was going to see Sarah for the first time after getting back if she HADN'T yelped at the Pale Man. And my brain has figured out that Jareth started drinking after he pooped on Javert, while Erik unpacked, and took some Dramamine (with hot tea, I'd assume), and ate a sensible dinner. Realizing that Jareth wasn't in their own living room, and not going to venture into / near Jareth's room, that's when / why Erik called Sarah?

/reining in the plot-bunnies for the night.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure what the exact mundane sequence of events was, but this one goes as credit to Erik's observation and empathy skills - he had some pretty good guesses as to how poorly Jareth was accepting this crazy notion that is is possible to give up on your object of obsession and find happiness that way, and was quite certain Sarah would be getting a visit that night. (Also a brief "hi we're back" chitchat). Possibly the tiniest smidgeon of male solidarity made him bite down on a more clear warning to her that "Jareth is in a bad/strange/emo mood about all this" - hence his moment of genuine worry (and self-berating) to hear Sarah scream then find her with Jareth, before getting a proper reading of the situation. (Bit of the good ole E/S teasing there.)
It's not impossible that drunk fool GK might have tried for a slightly creepifying approach had he materialized (in stealth-poof mode, you'll note) in her room and not been gifted the opportunity to be a comfort after the Pale Man freakout. He tends to make baaaad decisions when he's drunk/extra emo.
(How's that for a nice sable-furred bunny? :D )
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Feeding the plot-bunnies... good think I'm not interested in writing spin-offs. Oh, wait. :D

So Jareth would likely have stealth-poofed in that night anyway, but also have made a right mess of it? Good thing for the Pale Man. (Never, I mean NEVER thought I'd say that!!) And I know I'm missing a reference about the bunny being sable-furred. I'll google / tvtrope it after a bit. :D
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sable as in black-furred as in a darkfic plotbunny. ;)
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ahhhh! I was going off the texture / or idea of it being a rich & sumptuous fur, COMPLETELY overlooking the color. Ta muchly!
AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Writer
Love James' reaction to the Pale man, and Jareth and Sarah in the last panel make me crack up. 'Specially Jareth. :roll: No Jareth, you may not use my underwear drawer as a substitute, love owls though I do. Besides, it's full of sports bras and French cut underwear. Nothing sexy at all.
mayaegyptkezi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
And they had to interrrupt TT_TT
supamanda Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Aw this was super sweet :heart:
then it gets interrupted as usual. Haha.

~Sarah, too many strange men feel entitled to burst into your bedroom uninvited.
... Ya think??~ :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
fargreencountry Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
I was expecting Jareth to say at the end, "So, can I use yours?"
RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, I would have loved seeing him holding her like that if he wasn't being so sad...
loveatstake615 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student General Artist
"can i hibernate in your underwear drawer until i feel better?"
selena-lenoir Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Awwwwwww! Poor Jareth...he's so cute when depressed and/or drunk. x3
two-tailed-cat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm with you on that one
outinarizona Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Do Not Want. HA!
makkura-umi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Why is every strip the best strip??? I can't fave them ALL. ffffffff. Clearly mass catch-up is not the way to go. I get overwhelmed.

The schmoop-to-lulz ratio here is utter perfection. Bonus points for song lyrics and background perviness. (I bet her underwear drawer is HELLA comfy. Practical cotton, nothing too scratchy...)
Tiffs-is-my-name Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
So cute...and then James' face! I'd probably look like that too...
SearchingForSanity Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I love James' reaction to the return of the Pale Man, I think people down the street can hear my laughter.
animada11 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Please, can i color the scene when He's hug her?, i love that scene xD
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure. Link me when you're done? :)
animada11 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
thanks xD
STRiPESandShades Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Soooo of course, Jareth takes a page out of Howl's book.
"I told you, I'm DEPRESSED!"
Well, at least his hair isn't orange/ever-so-slightly pink
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Welp, they are related...
Ana-Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Great, they ruined the mood!!!!
TheBasketKid Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
DarkGreenEyes83 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Beware the snurggler!
TheWearyWanderer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh snuggly Jareth. Love, love, love it!
hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
aaaaaawwwwwww snuggley Jareth... come on Sarah! give in...
and winz for Navy slang
hehehe irony!
Come-Sail-Away Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I cracked up at the "your eyes can be so cruel..." part! Love it :-D
nightstalker3258 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Poor Jareth, can't win her being the villian and can't be the "better man"
jerenda Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Writer
D'awwww.... He's not holding onto her to take advantage of the situation (well, not entirely). He's holding onto her because he /needs/ her support... <3
trezelle2 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
I just realized.... Erik is the only one who doesn't notice (or doesn't care) that the Pale Man is back in favor of seeing if Sarah's ok... d'awww!
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