Ken: Dammit… I need something to get rid of these damn vines when you do this! It’s not kinky at all, it’s fucking annoying!
Alex: It’s not supposed to be kinky, asshole.
Alex and Alexander have a strange close relationship. And I say strange, because they have a closeness like lovers, but they are not intimate in the way that relates to sex and love; the easiest I think I can describe it is a platonic love. They are not brothers, but not lovers either, just somewhere in the middle.
Alex never really tries to be suggestive to Alexander, nor flirtatious. He never feels him up, never gropes him or anything, and if they ever kiss, while it would express affection, it would never mean more than that. Alex has considered an intimate relationship with Alexander, and the idea has never crossed Alexander’s mind. Not that Alexander would turn Alex down, a relationship would have to progress further for him to feel comfortable liking anyone, including someone he’s already somewhat fond of.
My idea for this picture is that Alexander still has issues with his body, as well as his mind; trembling, muscle aches and strains with simple movement, and feature distortion (like skin stretching, extra hair growth, hunger for meat, ect), and the mental stress he experiences is very similar to PTSD, from his previous lychanthropy. They know Celly has something to do with why Alexander’s humanity returned to him, but there are still remnants of his past transformations and whatnot that linger. They’ve been calling them “ghost-wolf pains.”
Alex, having previously been a werewolf of a different kind (different universe than Alexander, genetically/physically modified by someone to become more animalistic, even), he understands how Alexander feels because he had something similar happen to him, when the magic he now uses, conflicted with his own lychanthropy. Because of this, Alex offers Alexander some aromatherapy from plants he grows specifically for the moment, talks him through the pains he’s having, and even goes for a run with him, if they have the time. Alex takes part in comforting Alexander other ways too, such as hugging, talking about the past, working on what Alexander might want to do for himself in the future, and a lot more.
While it doesn’t help if he feels a lingering hunger for meat, sweet basil is one of Alexander’s favorite herbs, because it helps him think of food it’s used to cook with, which helps him calm down. It could be noted that Alexander has not become a vegetarian because of his past lychanthropy, but he has issues with too much blood, uncooked meat, or the injuries of others; which includes things that he had no part in, but that feels extreme guilt for and gets very upset over.
If he were to see Kenneth’s current state, he would most likely cry.