About Barbara’s and Strickler’s Bond:
I know that Strickler binding himself to Barbara is supposed to be a serious issue, but I can’t help imagining what it would have been like for Strickler if Barbara was on her time of month and she was experiencing cramps.
Strickler suddenly feeling the cramps that Barbara has to go through every month.
Strickler, after realizing that, no, he isn’t dying, immediately searching the internet on how to make them stop.
Strickler spending forty minutes clinging to a heating pad, before realizing that in order for his pain to subside, he must stop the pain to the original source: Barbara.
Strickler driving to the nearest Walmart to buy a new heating pad and chocolate (because the internet seemed to suggest that women need the sweet substance to survive the dreadful time).
Strickler staring at Barbara in shock when she answers the door in her work clothes, because he thought for sure she’d be spending the day resting during this painful time, but, no, she’s gotten used to it because she deals with it on a monthly basis.
Strickler finally realizing how weird it must look to be giving her a heating pad and chocolates because he shouldn’t know anything about the timing of her cycle.
Strickler leaving the gifts there while trying to keep his dignity in tact as he goes back to the car.
Strickler, upon realizing in horror, that this is going to last several days and then repeat itself in a few weeks going to buy himself some chocolate, because he’s going to need it to survive.