- Most girls: My favorite characters are the strong women or the strong men with hearts of gold!
- Me: Me too! Especially the morally ambiguous ones who kill everyone except that one special lady who appeals to his softer nature!
- Most girls: Wait, what?
- Me: Yeah. You know, those characters that are introduced and one of the first things they do is kill or attack an innocent person to show how bad they are? But then you still wanna see them get a happy ending, and you get super overprotective of that character like they aren't a cold blooded murderer? Those are the best!
- Most Girls: 😳
- Me: And then they'll always have that one scene where they break down and have a moment of sensitivity and vulnerability and it'll feel like your heart is getting ripped out and stamped on?
Every time, EVERY TIME I see one of your stories on my dash, I think "don't do this to yourself. Keep scrolling. You know how this ends." So I scroll past but the temptation is always too great. "This time will be different. It's day time. There's people around. It'll be okay." I go right back up to click on that dreaded Read More. And it's not okay. It's never okay. And I love you for it.