What do you like about davepeta / jade I want to be sold on this ship and your hcs are good 😃👏
Basically what I like about Davepeta/Jade is that it allows the Cosmic Overarching Story of the Game Over timeline’s Jade and Davesprite to continue, but better, because neither is really burdened with the baggage of whatever drama actually went down there. We never were told specifics, just that it didn’t go well and Jade felt Davesprite had broken her heart and Davesprite had been hellishly depressed and in no condition to carry on a mutually healthy relationship. So!!
Now you have this version of Jade who DIDN’T date Davesprite and in fact spent almost 3 years mourning him along with John, was hellishly LONELY for that time and felt that – like with her grandpa’s nonsensical death years earlier – she had suffered pointlessly, that their deaths had no purpose or meaning. But then she finds out from Davepeta soon after waking up that those deaths DID have meaning, that there was a whole timeline she wasn’t aware of, one in which she spent the boat trip bonding with John and in this tumultuous relationship with Davesprite, and you can tell (at least, this is the way I read it) that she’s INTRIGUED by this and wants so much to know more because it contextualizes her suffering and her tether to this alt-timeline version of herself makes her feel more CONNECTED, and for Jade after spending three years in lonely ass yellow yard limbo feeling connected is so fucking important and cathartic, right?
But then Davepeta genuinely thinks they are going to die in the fight with Lord English, so they fuck off immediately after imparting this knowledge thinking that they are offering Jade things to think about to mitigate the negativity of her experience while also giving her a clean break so she can start new – it’s important to note they do this WITHOUT asking Jade what she wants and just act on their assumed knowledge of what’s to come, kind of presumptuously. And this is what makes me think Davepeta isn’t as all-knowing as they like to let on. Sure they can see into Dave and Nepeta’s respective timelines, every single one of them, and that is a HUGE body of knowledge to process and extrapolate from, but Davepeta as their own person and being has their own timeline and I think that one is as opaque to them as anyone else’s is.
And they didn’t die, at least not on screen, explicitly, and if Terezi can go looking for Vriska then I can hold out hope that Davepeta is okay, too. So if you assume they’re out there, along with Vriska and Aradia and Sollux and whoever else was at Black Hole Ground Zero… well now things are interesting, because now there’s this future for them that they genuinely did not think existed.
It’s so clear to me too that Davepeta adores Jade, not just because of referred feelings from the Davesprite part of them, but genuinely as their own person with their own feelings? And they left her with just enough information to intrigue her, and it’s clear Jade IS thinking about it – her line to Dave about him being a good kisser, even with the cat lips, implies that she left off that startling interaction with overall positive feelings to me.
And for Jade, who has struggled her whole life with finding meaning in seemingly nonsensical things – her grandpa’s death, her constantly falling asleep at critical moments and being kept out of the action, john and davesprite’s death, etc, Davepeta with their meta knowledge about how all of someone’s individual selves across all timelines all MATTER and EVERYTHING actually does have meaning would be so good for her, I genuinely think. She could find some real catharsis in that.
As for Davepeta, also, it would be so nice for them if Jade did fall for them, as THEM, remember this is a Jade who did NOT date Davesprite, so she goes into this relationship without any of the weird identity bullshit people including Game Over Timeline Jade have sometimes displayed in regards to treating Davesprite like a “discount Dave” or talking to Dave like he and Davesprite were somehow interchangeable. She isn’t looking for Davesprite (or even Dave) in Davepeta exactly, but there’s just enough of a connection there for both of them to give any relationship they entered in that little bit of historical foundation while also allowing for a totally new relationship.
I genuinely don’t think that everyone “Needs” to be paired off to have a happy ending, but as far as this one goes, it’s just so fucking thematically and narratively satisfying. And also, just on a final “this doesn’t matter story-wise but I personally like it” self indulgent note, I really like that it gives Homestuck’s most strongly canonical non-binary character a satisfying and adorable and healthy romantic connection and makes Jade definitively, demonstrably, canonically Not Straight. 8)