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GND216 - Sleight of claw by Pika-la-Cynique GND216 - Sleight of claw by Pika-la-Cynique
In which Dark(?)Jareth is trolled right out of his would-be callous demeanour, go Sarah. And awww, lookit all that actual show of genuine appreciation and polite inter -- oh, bugger. PLOT TWIST!!

(Sorry for the late. Some internet issues and various RL hassle got in the way. Happy belated V-day/Discount Chocolate Day!)


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

Sarah, Sir Didymus, Bird-hat, glittery sets, Jareth [Labyrinth] (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Connelly&Bowie
Luna Lovegood [Harry Potter] (c) JKRowling and WB

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
Colours by *LouisaGallie
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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What noooooow.
AutumnInNewYork17 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sir Didymus chucking the hat into the distance in the middle panels cracked me the heck up.
DaEvilKitty Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013

Goblin King, while you are quite lovely in panels 6 and 7, just- I’m sorry your majesty but-but Didymus. :heart: I simply can’t look at those two panels and not get completely distracted by him despite Jareth looking so lovely in the foreground. Didymus just stole this entire page for me with those two panels by being so adorably hilarious. ^^

tierraangelica Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I got distracted by Jareth's face the first time around but when I went back (to stare at his brilliantly colored handsome face a THIRD time) I noticed Sir Didymus throwing that bird-hat laughed sooooo hard!
jangamon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I literally didn't notice till I read your comment... Oops. No, I disagree!
Irrissa-cicero Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
BrothersGrim1000 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I just noticed the background in panel's 6 & 7... Lol!
NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No I'm so not having a fangirl moment because of Jareth in this no. And I'm not living in denial right now.
Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
(as always, feel free to skip because long, rambling, nothing new to see here, etc)

Mood Armor / Clothing... now with Mood Collars! (loving how the adjustment of the collar so wonderfully helps in conveying the shifting mood / emotion in panels... ummm... 6 and 7, I think. The ones that are that LOVELY middle-section Jareth).

And... I can imagine that Sarah kept her hands on his chest up until she gestures at her own face, right? :D I like my J/S shipper goggles the way we like our Goblin King's pants...

I can hear the tenderness in Jareth's voice at the start of that last line, when he says "Ah - your cheek". I'd say it's, what, 95% genuine concern, 4 1/2 % simply wanting to return the touch, and only 1/2% vaguely hoping to begin something-leading-to-seduction? Which, naturally, is why Sarah was uncomfortable in the next panel. Gentleman!Jareth is something fairly new, after all.

It's a good thing that it's Luna and Didymus (and Ambrosius) and the still-Silencio'd hat in the background, instead of Pirate King Lizzie or someone who'd demand to get involved in the OMG!DRAMA. And it's good for Jareth to experience the rapidly-shifting mood / approach / perspective of Sarah apart from the Fail-Field. Sarah as Mortal Human Girl (Canny Human Dream Girl), reacting to the strong but-not-creepy message that Jareth conveys in his desire to tend to her wounds... I hope that he sees / knows that overall, this is a win...

Except for that pesky lost pendant. Oops!
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha. Hate to harsh your fun-having, but that shift in collar angle between close-up panels has a lot to do with making sure the antics of Didymus in the background are visible enough... ^^;

As for the exact emotional constitution of the various undercurrents here. For a change Jareth almost does some defusing of the Moment by attempting a would-be-scornful-'cept-he-doesn't-sound-the-least-bit-miffed [this time] with that "anyway this wasn't just to rescue you, little girl". It's rare that he goes for his movie-scenes-style blowing-cold attitude with Sarah in-comic, but that is a dynamic I like to ressucitate at points. But maybe he is concerned at showing too strong a response to her open appreciation... ^^. And he is also hella bothered by her bleeding cheek - a shame I went with the profiles that hide that from us - and definitely wants to deal with that before upping the flirting.

The thing is, Sarah obviously knows enough shipping tropes to tell when Jareth is angling for them (she calls him out on the goodnight kiss scenario - and generally knows the fanservice is out to get her), so she is pretty damn instinctively leery of a wound-tending touchy h/c scene. ^^;
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