i. they are painful and awkward and so in love that they hurt each other trying not to hurt each other, but inevitably they resolve their conflicts and continue loving each other.
ii. he is gentle and kind and caring to all the shy girls he meets, and they love him for it, but all he wants in his partner is a sensitive, loving girl. he doesn’t want to break their hearts, and they understand, and go on loving him for his gentleness.
iii. she doesn’t mind him, and that’s the most that she can say. (it’s not the only thing she can say— he looks nice and treats her gently, but they don’t talk about much, and there’s an emptiness in their relationship that echoes her own void.)
iv. he’s trying for her. he loves her. she doesn’t love him back. (yet.)
v. she never thought of him that way, yet here he is, professing his love, and she can’t take it, not yet, not after this twist. infuriatingly, he understands, and let’s her go.
vi. it’s the vaguest of feelings, so she nips it at the bud. it may be egotistical of her, she admits, but any awkwardness now is worth skipping the heartbreak later.
vii. it’s an infatuation that she cannot control, manic and unstable, until finally she lets it out and gets her closure.
viii. she is careful and her heart is wary, but longing. his heart is wary, and he is careful. she is blunt as a juggernaut, shoving her doubts in his face to resolve them, only for him to twist deftly out of the way and leave her to dance.
ix. this is when they are at their best: loud, bickering; quiet, trusting; free, chatting; actively and passively together.
x. they never know what to say.