“When, and what stage did you determine that you loved him?”

“I just kind of knew.”

“Just kind of knew?”

“Right. Vaguely. Sort of.”

“Just like that?”

“Just like that.”

“Then let’s leave aside the stage where it happened for now. I’ll ask you about why it happened instead. Why did you fall in love with that boy.”

“I just kind of did. I wondered if I loved him, and then I felt I did, and then I knew I did.”

“Even vagueness has its limits.”

“You can come up with any number of reasons why you love someone. Like they’re cool, or kind, or tall, or rich. There are all sorts of reasons you can say, but those are all lies. They’re just excuses you tell yourself to rationally justify your emotions.”