@Aurelia: Sorry, sorry for the incredibly late reply.... thank you very much for your comments, as always.
And yes, the colour red seems incredibly well-suited for him, haha.
And here's another abrupt disappearing act, followed by an equally abrupt reappearance. [looks utterly sheepish] Um, my bad.REFLECTION
I blame this one on Colonel Despard. Two of her beautiful E/R slash Tumblr illustrations landed in my dA message box; I'd commented on the Take Me to the ER
one that it was so poignantly rendered that one would imagine it existed in its perfection in Grantaire's mind, then went and read TC Regan's excellent Den of Iniquity
- and by the time I got to the bit about Grantaire's desperation for acceptance, my mind was starting to cook up scenarios that merged the two statements, ... and this picture was the result of the brewing. LOL.
And I know, the whole "different reflection in the mirror" theme has already been done half to death. I apologise.