I HAD AN IDEA
that I couldn’t draw
Heh, I mentioned something like this in a previous reblog too. Scout, you’re a jerk.
To my own dismay, I’m actually struggling a bit with this pairing.
They are cute and hot as hell, and I love smutty, porny pics with them. But when it comes to story, they give me a bit of a hard time.
It’s all fine and dandy for pwp, but to develop a real kind of relationship? Even if it’s just for the benefits? Not so easy.
In my head, Demo/Scout is one of the pairings with hardly any drama. Both know what they can do, both are confident. It’s one of the least angsty pairings in my opinion (maybe along with Demo/Sniper). Once they get together, I’m sure both know what they want, be it in means of taking or giving.
When things roll, they roll, that’s not the problem. How to get it started is my big question mark. I see no big drama to offer them a bridge which is usually very easy to construct for most of the other pairings.
The old “both are drunk and make the ‘mistake’ and figure out they like it and fall happily in love”-trope? Meh, boring.
Besides, I still refuse to see Demoman as the 24/7 drunk. I’m pretty sure, the image many give him - being an intoxicated, brabbling mess - is not only wrong, but wouldn’t work. How could said intoxicated, brabbling mess be someone the Administrator would hire?
I don’t want to write a big excurse about alcoholism and its effects, so I settle with two explanations that make sense, at least for me:
1. he is an alcoholic. Many alcoholics have some kind of control over their addiction and they function very, very well in their job and every day life. They get up, work, do good work, get home. The problem - they wouldn’t function without alcohol. So, somebody handling explosives as his trade should have a steady hand, which would mean he needs a small dose of alcohol regularily, every few hours at least, or he wouldn’t function. His tolerance for being really wasted would be very high though.
2. He can hold his liquor very well and drink a lot of it, and not too rarely, he drinks too much. But he doesn’t need to drink or be drunk to function. He does function with a not too high alcohol level, and, knowing this, he sometimes drinks too much at the wrong time, work-wise. On the other hand, he can go without drinking for days and longer, or is fine with a drink or two in the evening.
I’ve decided that the 2nd version is my head-canon for Demoman.
Now, what made me decide to muse over Demo/Scout and Demo’s drinking habits in public now?
Actually, this picture. It captures the essence of both characters for me (please keep in mind that those are my head canons, nothing else.)
Demo is not a kid, and he is not dumb. He can be loud, even obnoxious, but has also a sense of humor and enjoys a good laugh, including teasing, especially verbally, but is also your guy for spontaneous practical jokes.
Scout is a tease, but probably more the practical joker. He, too, can be loud and obnoxious. So even if they don’t share much on the battle field, I see aspects in their personalites that are alike, but probably in different ways.
Which could lead to one thing that is often so typical for men - competition. Who is louder, who makes the more obnoxious jokes - drunk or not - and who is the better pracitcal joker.
It’s “the big, drunk dumbass” vs “the overconfident, bratty kid”. A fine set-up for constant attempts to outsmart each other. With lots of potential. Their antics could amuse the others, or annoy them. Demo might be surprised that the imature, inexperienced kid actually has a clever thought once in a while; Scout might be surprised that the guy he thought was only good at drinking even more than Heavy easily sees through his “clever” pranks.
I think they are on a par with each other, without the usual clear dom/sub-structur people prefer for other pairings (and which works for those other pairings pretty well, most of the times). I can imagine them both to be the one in charge, or the laid back one. I can imagine Scout having control, but because Demo enjoys him to have it. I can also imagine Demo in control, because Scout enjoys him to be in control. Plus tons of banter. Before, meanwhile, and after sex.
As a pairing, I see them as constant teases and challengeres, who mutally respect each other even if they don’t show it. Demo/Scout is for me one of the most relaxed pairings. Well, once they are a pairing.
As it is, I find it difficult to think of a good story focusing only on developing a firm relationship between them with the missing drama and the hurt-and-comfort-joker. It somehow doesn’t work for them, not in my empty head. They make a perfect side pairing, a sweet, sexy comical relief with some steamy moments.
But focusing on them, their romance? That phrase alone sounds unlike them, “their romance”. Somehow, “I love you - I love you, too!” doesn’t work. More like “Fuck you! - Not if I fuck you first!” is much more like them.
Oh well, what is life without a challenge. Sooner or later, I swear, sooner or later I’ll find a way to make a good not-a-romance-but-not-a-crackfic-either-but-true-to-their-characters-and-more-than-pwp-story.
And if not… it gives me a good excuse to look at more Demo/Scout porn for inspiration.