the reason Leon is so good about being a caretaker is probably because he has a little sister to be all overprotective about, even if he won’t admit it. little girls tend to soften you up a bit, or so i’ve heard
Hmm, I’d actually argue that Elena is actually in the role of caretaker over him throughout the series. She has to intercede with Gram Blaze on his behalf because his communication skills are about as shot as his ability to trust other people, she monitors him and decides what’s best for him, and even makes the decision that he has to die in Yggdra Union. This might show that the balance of power in their relationship is slanted heavily towards her, or at least that Elena’s the one who feels responsibility for Leon.
My personal interpretation of why Gulcasa and Leon work so well, platonically and romantically, is that they are very similar to the point where Leon can actually empathize back. And Gulcasa’s very emotionally open and vulnerable and has this huge raging need for affection and support—which Leon is in a position to give. He gets to actually be the strong and dependable one in this relationship, which is one of Leon’s personal needs. It just comes with the responsibility of having to be really nurturing and gentle, which Leon absolutely finds as embarrassing as he finds it enjoyable.
Like, there’s definite significance in the fact that Elena gave up on Leon before Gulcasa did, and I don’t think that it’s solely because Gulcasa just needs to trust everybody beyond the point of common sense due to his own issues. I think the different kinds of relationships Leon has with both of them and who gets to be the caretaker might be why he shut off from Elena first.
…i was waiting for this one to show up actually
i will ride this ship until my dying day