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i drew this character over vacation and i came up with a story for him after seeing some fucking beautiful pastures. he's experiencing a bit of cognitive dissonance in this pic.
a 19 year old boy named asema learns a friend of his father plans to force him into marriage by abduction, and because that practice brought his parents together, he knew he wouldn't be able to escape it unless he left Kyrgyzstan.
without enough money to sustain himself, he decides to run away to an old friends house, far from the capital. asema believes his father's friend will call everything off if he convinces them that he's lost his virginity to another man. the only problem is that asema's friend, bastion, was preparing to marry last he saw him. hoping that bastion and his wife would cooperate by fabricating an affair, he makes the journey to the country side where he heard they were maintaining a guest house.
upon his arrival, asema finds bastion alone. turns out the marriage had been called off because the girl bastion proposed to ended up staying with a man that had captured her shortly after his proposal. asema tells bastion of his reasons for appearing again after years of no contact and to his surprise, bastion agrees because of the guilt he felt for leaving without a word instead facing asema and telling him that he couldn't return his feelings because asema was too young and most importantly, male.
when asema finally decides to contact his parents, he tells them of his whereabouts and of his supposed relationship with an older man. when this information reaches the father's friend, he demands proof of their relationship. in other words, a demonstration of their affection. asema makes it clear that he didn't mean to put bastion in a difficult situation, so he decides to face his family and potential spouse.
despite his platonic feelings for asema, bastion catches up with the boy in a city located an hour away from the capital. not wanting to lose his chance to repair their friendship, bastion tells asema he'll cooperate with him if he gives him a second chance to make up for alienating him. having already moved on from his romantic sentiments, asema concedes.
they prepare the night before they head toward the capital and when they finally arrive, they meet up with several men appointed as witnesses. asema tells bastion he can keep it short since he won't last long anyway for his first time, but bastion decides to get into it and draw it out as a 'fuck you' to asema's family and the man who planned on capturing the boy. the abduction is called off and instead of respecting their son's wishes to remain unmarried, they kick him out and bastion invites him to work and reside at his guest house. initially, it's awkward but they gradually grow to become good friends again.
wow i did not intend to write that fucking much, lol.