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But wouldn’t a healthy, non-sexualised, poly relationship still be spiting the abo trope? (Tbh I thought that was where you were heading?) esp since the abo trope is typically used as an excuse for people to get their ships together sexually afap? Whereas you’ve taken the time to have their personal relationships developed to the point where a romantic (is there a word for something between friendship and romance?)relationship is not only feasible but feels like a natural progression/evolution – rather than being shoe-horned in for the sake of the plot. The way you’ve framed their relationship(s) comes off like a really well written slow burn sorta, the romance would be a comfortable next step but not necessary to the relationship? I mean they know each other so well and they obviously care for each without the biological imperatives that are typically used to force people together in this trope. (I lack the vocab to accurately describe my thoughts sorry)
No, you don’t have to apologize, you did a fine job describing your thoughts on the matter. I was just worried that people would be upset if I decided to move it into poly territory, given I was attempting to avert the trope. Like, that by throwing them together later on in the series, it would undo exactly what I had been working towards, inadvertently or otherwise. But it’s good to know that’s not the case, and I’m still in the clear for that kind of stuff.