I really love those rare arts, where characters switch their physical position as top and bottm, but their nature, their character, their way of communicating with each other remeains the same. They don’t change their personalities just because they switch places in bed. I , personally, see Irvin, as controlling, dominating and yet, deep inside caring for Rivaille. He gives him stablity and purpose, he helps him to see what he’s capable of, and he is the authority. which Rivaille fully accepts. The only authority in his whole life. While Rivaille gives Irvin, his well hidden vulnerability, and loyalty at the same time. He is ready to go where Irvin commands and, yet he is a mistery to Irvin, A ouzzle, quite difficult to solve each time. i think, that deep inside, it’s Rivaille who submits on some higher lever to Irvin, and this submission is not about loosing himself, but about finding himself and the bility to trust and lean on someone. Yet, it’s quite possible for them to have experiments in sex, and Irvin can allow Rivaiile to take the lead and do what he feels like to, which his body. But doing so, Irvin remains Irvin, and Rivaille remains Rivaille.
On that picture, the look Irvin gives Rivaiile - he’s seeminly vulnerable, but he watches him, he stonrtols hims still, even laying on his back on the bed, and he encourages him at the same time, the way he holds him by the head - caring, gentle, supporting, and yet leading him still….and Rivaille’s both hands are gentle, and it feels like he hold on to Irvin’s hand…
That’s touching and very sincere. That subtle gesture.
I don’t realli picture Irvin as someone who enjoys being dominated, I don’t really believe that’s in his nature and it’s not what he needs. But I quite easily envision him being fucked but Rivaille just like this. And As for Rivaille, I think he might at times, behave very violently, demanding and even bitchy, while bottoming. But he is extremely caring, loving, trusting and sinecere, if he tops with Irvin. Like what I see on this picture.
Of course it’s only my head canon and I don’t insist it’s the only way to see them. But I’m always happy to see other people who think the same way, or art that fits this vision of them. And while there’s quite a lot of art where Rivaille bottoms which is perfect for my image of this pairing, there’s just a few arts with Rivaille topping, which give me this feeling..like “Oh, my God…that’s how it should be. That’s how it does look REAL”.
So, that’s a really really good art.
(Source: aileinensfw, via irvin-rivaille)