💜: how long might it take for my muse to say “i love you” for the first time?
To say it and actually mean it? A while… if at all.
“Love” (in the romantic sense, anyway) wasn’t exactly something that was taught or nurtured or supported while he grew up. Shit, romance wasn’t even a topic of conversation in his camp: either you were with someone and/or sleeping together or you weren’t. That was it.
His time with Tort and Shad and their family and friends has opened his mind up, though he’s still only just getting used to the idea of monogamous relationships, let alone loving one person in a romantic sense.
It would more likely be an “actions are louder than words” type confession. If he changed his behavior to better suit his partner (to make them happy, for example), it’s a clear sign that he loves them. Dag doesn’t see the reason for telling someone how he feels – he should just be known via his actions. He also doesn’t want to tell someone he loves them if he doesn’t or if he’s unsure. So you can bet that if he does say he loves someone, he actually means it.
💙: how would my muse handle seeing their object of affection falling in love with someone else?
Not well. Mostly with anger, likely directed at whoever his partner was falling for. Then anger directed at the partner, and finally anger at himself (after a long period of time had passed, however).
Dag doesn’t understand ‘complex’ emotions well, and he tends to default to anger when confused, frustrated, upset, or hurt. Eventually, his anger would die down and he would simply be hurt, and with enough time he would eventually get over the pain as well.
But it would be a long while before he faced his previous partner and their new lover.