Messing around with Candlejack and his girlfriend, Merlin and the possibilities of how they met, so my muse produced these random sketches. Random Halloween party and Jack feels like mingling. Merlin is dressed as 90's style Jean Grey from X-Men (she even dyed her hair velvet red to make the look more believable). She also happens to be able to relate to her favorite comic book character (Merlin loves comic books and cosplay) because she possesses the power of telekinesis/telepathy (Jean is kind of her hero).
Everyone knows about the boogeyman Candlejack and she notices Jack, not realizing he's the real thing and assumes he's some dude dressed to look like him (This is the first person she's ever seen dressed up as the one and only Candlejack in a good while and wants to let him know she admires his 'costume'). She "says his name" because she never abides by the childhood warning to "never say his name". She calls out to him "Candlejack!" and Jack is like "Who, me?". (I forgot to mention that Jack is wearing a brocade coat with a hood that emulates the design in Assassin's Creed. He rather enjoys cosplaying too, so he occasionally indulges in dressing up and attending conventions for the fun of it).
Jack plays along with Merlin thinking he's just some average joe in a Candlejack outfit.
At this point, Merlin has had a little too much to drink. They dance and talk (they get along very well and are having fun). After a time, the suspense is killing her and resolves to discover the face of this stranger and since they're already in close proximity, she tugs up the lower half of his mask.
Jack starts to pull away and Merlin respects his privacy and doesn't go further than exposing the lower half of his face. Then, without even thinking, Merlin boldly leans in to kiss the boogeyman's pale lips because she just "had this feeling" and ...well, Jack hasn't been kissed in a VERY long time and well he's
.. he's a bit surprised to say the least.
Sorry. I had too much fun with this...
The center drawing of Jack with the angry face and smokey eyes was just sort of thrown in there as an after thought because, why t'feck not? There was a huge space that needed to be filled....
and so, I think this might be how they get started as an odd couple (still debating).
I'm beginning to enjoy the mask of Candlejack more and more so I figured that in my fanfic he wears it whenever (part-time) depending on his moods and certain situations (like when he wants to be ornery
, scare people, be extra stealthy or more antisocial than usual
)... It's part of his image when he wants to remind people that he IS and always will be the boogeyman with the creepy stitched smile.
The title of this piece is inspired by Katy Perry's "I kissed a girl" because, why not?Related Art:Candle Jack © Warner Bros & Stephen Spielberg, John McCann, Paul Rugg, and all the staff of dreamworksJack beneath the mask also known as Jacque “Bougie” Larouche (Origin French) The rock, a lonely mass of stone. De La Roche, 'from the rock.'
(Candle, in french also means “Bougie”, hence the American nickname “boogie man”) & his lovely lady, Merlin Devereux © Me