so since I identify with scanlan sf much and live for The Angst, I’ve finally realized what fix Imma write. real fic, not a character piece on his trauma from childhood, like the last one.
So, in the beginning, Scanlan was in love with his idea of Pike, we all know and can agree.
But somewhere down the line, his love became real, and so he knew to let her go. He didn’t think she could love him.
But now? He’s been practicing self preservation for the last year, emotionally and otherwise.
Pike loved (loves?) someone else? Okay, he can deal. Good for her. He’s learned to accept that.
But if what you’re all thinking is true and Pike lost her chance because the person she loved chose someone else-
So from Scanlan’s perspective, he thinks Pike’ s “just settling” for him?
Even before his love was real love, she had always been his first choice.
And he finds out he’s her second choice?