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Where are Dan and Marc on the clone scale? And for an ace version of the scale, where does Vinny fall if you replace sex with cuddles? (My guess is Vinny is pro-clone cuddling.)
Marc wouldn’t be interested. Like, he wouldn’t be disgusted, just not interested. HOWEVER – he would totally be cool with a threesome with Dan and his clone of the like he had with Ulf and Dan because he knows it would make Dan’s entire LIFE (it would.)
Dan is vaguely creeped out by the idea. (But not of the idea of the threesome with Marc and Clone!Marc, he is ALL FOR THAT.)
Vinny would absolutely cuddle his clone. And involve Anton in a clone cuddle pile (am just imagining Anton and his clone being VERY territorial and trying to keep one another from Vinny and his clone. It might devolve from there. Every wanted to punch yourself in the face? Now’s your chance!)
Everybody has that impulse to self-destruct, and it becomes clearer when you sort of see it in someone else. You go, ‘Ah I want to save you. I can’t save you. I’m not even the person to save you 'cause I’m insane too.’
One thing I do like about the case is even though hockey is a fairly expensive sport, comparatively, to play, is that you deal with a range of economic backgrounds for the characters. Do you have a rough idea of where they sort of fit? I assume Anton would have had the most money growing up and Julien/Adam were at the other end of the spectrum with everyone else slotting in somewhere in between?
I’ve been thinking about doing a scale on them since Vinny commented on how he was almost self-conscious of his house next to Anton’s…McMansion? I was stuck on how to present it, though. Like a scale? Can I do a ‘Gabe and Stephen’ spot on that scale? Or just do upper, middle and lower class? But that’s so inadequate. Gabe’s middle class is very different from Jake’s. Pure income also doesn’t work, or even disposable income, because having one kid or four kids on the same income is obviously very different.
But this made me think of a scale that works: how the hockey expenses affected them financially.
Papa made that money back in like one minute of ice time:
Money wasn’t even a factor:
Hey, he wants to do it and we can afford it:
(this is by far the most common for obvious reasons)
Okay, that bill hurt a little:
Things might be little tight for awhile, but it’s okay, honey:
Luke (& Ben, but less so, because Luke starting in the NHL lessened that burden by the time Ben was hitting 12)
Hockey money is replacing [vacation/new TV/Christmas presents, etc]
Vinny (had he not been a goalie he’d be in the category above)
Hockey was a gigantic expense and burden and outside help was needed:
Hockey was impossibly out of budget and without outside intervention there would have been no NHL career: