Ik the whole thing about Dallas is that he can't truly love someone, and I get that in an abstract sense but I don't really know what that specifically means or like how to portray that in a fic. Do you mind explaining it more? Thanks! :)
The only person Dally truly loved was Johnny, he was the only one that he deeply cared for. He can care, that’s the thing. He has just been hurt so much by people who are supposed to care about him. His mum is out of the picture, I’m not even sure if we know what happened to her in the book, Dally’s Dad doesn’t given a hang about him, this kid has been used to disappointment and hurt. I don’t think he knows how to love. I don’t think he understands the concept of it like someone like Sodapop or Ponyboy would. Those boys have been loved their whole lives. Darry loves them unconditionally and has given up everything for them. Dally doesn’t know that type of love. It would be so hard for him to comprehend it. Maybe you could write a bit of a background story for him, make the readers understand and get a sense of what he has gone through. Dally does have some capacity for love, I just don’t think he would quite understand what to do with it. I don’t think he would be able to wrap his mind around what it felt like. He probably doesn’t even realise how much he loved Johnny until Johnny wasn’t there anymore. And maybe that’s Dally’s thing. He takes people for granted. He doesn’t realise what he has until they’re gone. I hope this helps.