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No One Hurts You But Me by LJ-Phillips No One Hurts You But Me by LJ-Phillips
Once they became involved, Rachel resented anyone else hurting Rabbit emotionally. He was hers, after all. She was fiercely protective of him and got even with anyone who had hurt him (often behind Rabbit's back.)

Rabbit maintained his cold assassin mask in public but Rachel was the one he told when he was anxious or hurt. For example, how he felt physically ill  when (in his capacity as the Assassin's apprentice) he sometimes had to sit in on prisoner interrogations held in - yes, you guessed it - The Red Room. Captain Chuck insisted on it.

Whenever Rabbit was upset and whatever the reason, Rachel would comfort him but also store the information away for later.  And use it against him if she chose.

So why do you think Rachel's comforting Rabbit here? Who or what upset him? Whoever it is, I doubt their career will flourish now they're on Rachel's hit list. 

Notes: Abusive relationships are complex. Rachel wasn't constantly abusive. She and Rabbit still had good times. She brought him presents (normally books or pretty clothes.) She comforted him when he had a bad day. Often the sex was good. But she could turn cruel and wounding if she was stressed or wanted to remind him who was in charge.

Young Rabbit is actually quite a bit taller than Rachel (most supernaturals are built on a bigger scale than humans) but he's resting his head against her chest here.

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WolverineAC Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Photographer
stunning work my friend!  wish I had the time to comment on all of them!
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional
Thanks so much for the favs and the comments my friend. It's really encouraging. 
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WolverineAC Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Anytime friend. Wish I were on here more though.
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Animaid101 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
First of all: This is a wonderful piece of art! :love:
It's amazing how you managed to transfer the feelings of pain, angst, shame, discomfort and sadness into Rabbit's eyes. Also Rachel's look is very ambigious, though her dominant feeling is rage, I can catch a glimpse of joy in her eyes, probably caused by the thrill of anticipation on what she's going to do with the culprit who dared to hurt her precious boy. Her body language resembles that of a mother defending her cub, but it also indicates some signs of a dominant lover as well as that of a supervisor, cause though intimate it's at the same time still a bit distant. She's looking like the predator that she is and reminds me very much of a lioness, not only because of her yellow eyes.

About the reason Rabbit is looking like that, I can only guess. There are so many possibilities, some of them were already hinted out by the other commentators and all of them sounded good. My guess would be though that Rabbit had to lead an interrogation in the Red Room together with Chuck who acted very similiar to his past actions. Rabbit was remembered badly about his trauma and is ashamed of it to feel so vulnerable. Rachel's rage would be concentrated on Chuck as well as the person responsible for that arrangement (possibly the current director or another high-rank from the staff).
Rachel acts like this cause she already has assimilated Rabbit and considers him a part of herself. Only this way she's able to really love someone. Whoever's hurting Rabbit is attacking her. So whoever it was they should beware! Rachel's not someone to forgive at all. She's having a liquid in her veins that's able to store revenge like forever. ;)
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional
Ah, thanks my friend :hug: I really appreciate that. 
Eyes are the window to the soul and I wanted them to show all of Rabbit's emotions. He's so open about his feelings (apart from when he's in assassin mode.)
Ah, interesting you picked up that flash of joy. The pleasure of the huntress scenting prey. Rachel likes hurting people so she'll enjoy hurting whomever bothered her darling. 

Her body language resembles that of a mother defending her cub, but it also indicates some signs of a dominant lover

The whole piece is drenched in Oedipal overtones. At least that's what I was going for :nod: Rachel never treated Rabbit like an equal, even when she protected him. Whereas Tyr insists they regularly step out of their roles and handles certain things as equal partners. 

Oh yes, it's entirely possible Rabbit had to sit in on a Red Room interrogation  Chuck was always scrupulously professional towards Rabbit and never mentioned his rape. But he knew how to stir up memories of it to remind Rabbit of his place. 

Whoever's hurting Rabbit is attacking her.

Exactly. She saw an attack on Rabbit as an attack on her. And also disrespectful of her. Rabbit was her boy, everyone knew that. If someone hurt him, it was an indicator that they didn't respect her ability to protect him. She's incredibly revengeful. 
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CharlieLuzon Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
in that case.....poor Chuck.....but then again....bitch got what he deserved, even though it wasn't ENTIRELY his fault.....but Rachel doesn't care, shes gonna kill em o_o
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mario2412 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Artist
his face say it all 
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional
Ah, thanks so much :hug:
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
his face tells it all those eyes look so very sad
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional
Ah, thanks :hug: I think he has the eyes of a sad child here. 
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure

yes just like a sad child....:hug:
have a lovely tomorrow
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional
Same to you, my friend :glomp:
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug: thanks
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bearinautum Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The power of their relationship on this one page is breathtaking. Rabbits angst,biting his lip you can feel his pain,gut wrenching. Rachel stroking his ear tenderly lovingly comforting then that stare, those eyes as though she could cut your soul to ribbons with them.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional
Ah, thanks so much :hug: They might have had a dysfunctional relationship but it was still a powerful one. Rabbit kept up his professional mask in the workplace - he only shared his pain with Rachel. And she did comfort him. But you can see from her eyes that someone is going to pay for hurting Rabbit. Only she's allowed to hurt him....
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CharlieLuzon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
this is creepyingly cute lol
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional
Heh, thanks. That's what I was going for :)
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Undercard212 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I think he just feels caught between the queen bitch and his big brother.
Oh and is it just me or does anyone else get the sneaking suspicion that Rachael is gonna pull a Mike Tyson and bite Rabbit's ear off here?
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional
Ooh, that could be it. Especially if he tried to explain his D/s dynamic to a disapproving Vinnie (who never liked Rachel) and Vinnie reacted badly. Rabbit would feel hurt & judged. Rachel would comfort Rabbit while using the opportunity to try drive a wedge between him and Vinnie. 

Rachael is gonna pull a Mike Tyson 

It's amazing how carnivorous she looks even when she's holding him, right :lol: ?
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Kinda sad, but also deplorable.

I mean, it was hypocritical to ATTACK anyone who hurt him, because only YOU could hurt him. It wasn't love, just a means of control, the lack of cotnrol she had as a child, due to the horrifying things she saw with her powers. Turned her into the corrupt, power-hungry, overly controlling, manic-sociopathic and plain mental!

She's not healthy, but you got to have ONE person to hate. But despite that, I feel if she was 'Stable' she'd be enjoyable to have around.

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When I picture my OC with Caliban, Vanessa makes sure not to go overboard, she handles things as would be proper...(Before whipping out the spells and drownings.) She makes sure NEVER to make him feel emasculated, due to his trauma as a child, but she also lets him know that he can open up to her and admit to things. And she in turn, let's him EARN things, instead of just giving them to him. Money, a item or something. Because he wants to earn them, and not be some spoiled pup-toy.

It's a equal balance, she gives him stability, but he also provides her with a moral compass and a mental focus. So not to go crazy, as she's only had her servants and water creatures for company.

THAT is how a HELATHY relationship goes. And THAT is why, Rabbit and tyr made sure to work out limits, and safewords. Discuss WHAT made them comfortable, or unnerved them, and they NEVER brought it up. Or used it to gain an edge.

Boy, I turn philsophical, or debatable when you post these pics. ^^;

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Al Bundy: any last words, Punk?
Punk: yeah, your wife is good in bed!
Al bundy: So your a 'Liar' now!?
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional
Kinda sad, but also deplorable.

Well-put :) And I like the way you analyzed her - she had to have control because she didn't have enough as a child. Worse, Rachel suspected that the majority of other people weren't quite as real as her or at least they didn't matter as much. Psychological defense mechanism? Possibly.

In her own twisted way, she did love Rabbit. And even her "children", Tyr and Jordan. But she still believed it was her right to hurt and control them.

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And THAT is why, Rabbit and tyr made sure to work out limits, and safewords. Discuss WHAT made them comfortable, or unnerved them, and they NEVER brought it up.

Oh yes, Tyr's very insistent that they're equals, despite their D/s roles. He even insists poor bored Bunny sit down and do a weekly budget with him (now that they're living together) and that they step out their roles to discuss important household matters. I think part of what makes their relationship work is the fact Tyr respects Rabbit. 

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The Al Bundy quote made me laugh :D

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bbb35 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Yes, so glad we can....talk seriously, so you know i'm not just a gut-bsuter for a good laugh. I can also analyze too. :D

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I think JOAN CRAFORD was a better mother to HER 'Children' than Rachel.

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Yep. Gotta sit him down, and discuss how much money is spent, what is saved to the side, what CAN be spent, and how much is left after bills. And poor rabbit is bored out of his mind, so he usually wears a 'Corset and matching heels' to kill the boredom.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX9FUH… at 3:40

(Rabbit in his and Tyr's apartment wearing dominatrix outfit, holding riding crop, he slaps it on the side ofhte table)

Rabbit: DOES NOTHING PLEASE HIM!!?? What does a normal smoke have to do to keep his Skin interested? (He starts to hit riding crop on couch) NOT! (Hit) A DAY! (hit) GOES BY!! (Dust flies up as he hits the couch) THAT! (hit) I DON'T TRY! (hit) TO KEEP! (hit) HIM! (hit) HAPPY!! (hits several more times, before grimacing in disgust))</em> Baba Yaga, I wish SOMEONE would dust around here.

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I think to make Rabbit clean, Tyr has to 'WITHHOLD' spankings.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional
I think to make Rabbit clean, Tyr has to 'WITHHOLD' spankings.

Oh you're spot-on there :lol: Rabbit hates cleaning and Tyr is a neat freak. He does have someone come in 3 times a week but Rabbit manages to make a mess between her visits. 


(Rabbit in his and Tyr's apartment wearing dominatrix outfit, holding riding crop, he slaps it on the side ofhte table)

As you know on rare occasions  Tyr lets Rabbit be the dominant one (normally when Tyr's very stressed and needs a break from being in charge.) So do you think Rabbit dresses up in dominatrix gear when he Doms Tyr ;) ?
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Yes, and like Peggy, he wishes "SOMEONE Would dust around here."

Maybe make Tyr, dust, and whacks him on the ass if he slows down, or did a poor job :XD:

I KNEW it, I knew Rabbit was a messy boy.

And yes, I think he'd wear the outfit and use the riding crop.

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Tyr: Where's the money I gave you for dinner?
Rabbit: (wearing blue negligee.) I'm wearing it, Baby!
Tyr: Well, you better take it off and cook it!

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Mira: You know Rabbit is a REAL Stud, honestly, the way he sees so many women on the side.
Jordan: What!?
Mira: Well, he's with Tyr, right? But his closet is FULL of womens clothing.
(Jordan turns to stare at V, who looks up with a dull expression)
Vanessa: You want I should tell her, or would you be so kind?
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional
Maybe make Tyr, dust, and whacks him on the ass if he slows down, or did a poor job XD

That cracked me up.  And I can picture an irate Tyr yanking the riding crop out Rabbit's hand and throwing it out the window :lol: Tyr's so circumspect about the rare occasions he submits - he's a bedroom-only sub. And that's only after the doors are triple locked. He'd just die if anyone knew that once in a blue moon he asks Rabbit to tie him up, edge him and generally be in charge. 

Oh yes, I can so see Rabbit in the outfit and wielding a riding crop before whacking a tied up and blindfolded Tyr :iconnosebleedplz:

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Well, you better take it off and cook it! :rofl:
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Mira: Well, he's with Tyr, right? But his closet is FULL of womens clothing.

Oh, innocent, innocent Mira :D Let's be mean and get Cal to explain it to her :lol:
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Hmmmm~ How WOULD Caliban tell her? Maybe You'll write back a reply that HE would tell her?

Maybe, he see's Mira as a little sister? Since she's made from Vanessa's blood, they are similar, either way. I never get tired of mention of him.

And as soon as next month comes, I'll ask your hubby for TWO commissions with him in it, but I must save my pennies this month as things are tight.

:giggle: Like Cal's chest and ass.

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Hey, If I donate...15 dollars.

Can I ask you questions about the Skins Universe?

And like, what category V, would fall under, or what powers she HAS that would, or would NOT fit in it.

Or like, how the coven would deal with her if she appeared?

Or the creatures, what's what, who's who, weaknesses and strange abilites.?
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional
Hmm, I'll have to think about his response :lol: He's deeply puzzled by why the Captain wants such a girly-boy.

Tight like Cal's chest and ass - nice description.

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I'm afraid all the questions have to relate only to the Smoke, Fur And Stone canon characters and their world. Not to OCs. For the simple reason that the answers have to be something all the other donors would understand and find relevant :nod: I'm sure you understand :hug:
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redshasta Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I wonder if it isn't some kind of rejection (perceived or not) from Tyr or even Vinnie.  I see Rabbit as buttoning up around his issues with the Red Room (it was just a beating, dontcha know), but rejection from the people he pins his trust and faith on... that would crush him, I think.  Even with that cold-marble facade he's sporting right now.
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional
 I wonder if it isn't some kind of rejection (perceived or not) from Tyr or even Vinnie.

It could well be something like that. Tyr was insecure enough about his own bisexuality - he swung between being friendly towards Rabbit when they were alone to being distant and vague towards him when others were present. That confused the hell out of Rabbit and being Rabbit, he didn't pick realize it wasn't his fault. 

Or could even be a perceived rejection from Vinnie. Especially if Rabbit ever tried to broach subject about his dynamic with Rachel. If Vinnie reacted badly, Rabbit would think he was being judged. That he didn't measure up to what Vinnie wanted in a brother.

Of course, even as Rachel comforted Rabbit, she'd use something like this to try and isolate him from his friends. See, they don't understand you, my darling. Only i understand you etc. 
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RobinHarrison Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
if she was abusive ALL the time, most likely, he wouldn't stick around to be abused. The "good" abuser uses psychological means to keep the abusee confused and conflicted. Positive reinforcement, usually sexual, mixed in with the negative - both physical and not - inconsistency(what is "good" this morning, praised and rewarded, becomes "bad" this evening, punished without explanation, leaving the abusee wondering wtf did he do now.
as for why or who she's angry at now, I don't know. probably Tyr, but maybe Chuck
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LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional
Very true, my friend :nod: A successful abuser blows hot and cold. The abused half of the couple never knows how to please them or what will set them off. So Rabbit always walked on egg shell around her. 

Yep, some of the sex was very good. Rachel's many things but stupid's not one of them. She figured out Rabbit didn't like humiliation or insults during play sessions. So instead she worked in a subtle humiliating tone to their scenes. Or on some occasions, she'd  insult him when he was too far gone to object. Or else she'd be fine during a scene but quite insulting about his kinks afterwards. He never knew what to expect. But she made sure he always enjoyed himself physically in a scene - that gave her a power rush to be able to reduce him to moaning ecstasy. 

Her bedroom games were rigged in another sense as well. Rabbit always tries hard to please his bed partners. And he did get Rachel off. But she was dismissive when he wanted reassurance she had enjoyed it.

Rabbit: Was it- was it okay for you?

Rachel: Of course, dear boy. I've trained you well. Even if you don't always want to listen.


Rabbit: I - I try to listen. I do. It's just sometimes -


Rachel: Trying isn't the same as doing.


Rabbit:.....


Rachel: But I love you anyway. Now go run me a bath.


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