I’ve seen a lot of anti-Caleb posts today, and as someone who really likes him, I’d like to add my perspective.
Although I agree with the desire of the anon who posted the confession about needing Caleb as a love interest, I do not believe that he is perfect, as the person said. Perfect-looking, yes.
But I acknowledge that he is problematic, and that he has done terrible things. I can understand why some people don’t like him.
I have always been attracted to long-haired men. I found Caleb extremely sexy from the moment that he appeared, before we even knew his name. I also like the rocker type, and his studded leather jacket fits with that. My physical attraction probably led me to look for the good in him, but I have never seen him as completely irredeemable.
Caleb probably hasn’t had an easy life. It’s likely that he feels that others haven’t treated him well, and he is angry about that.
Caleb wants to change things. He may have felt powerless, but the crystal gave him power. He is against the system, which he feels is corrupt.
Perhaps this is due to all the time that he spent in juvie. He may feel that he shouldn’t have been sent there, and he definitely could have had bad experiences there.
It is a good thing to be against corruption, but he is definitely going about things the wrong way. He may not know any other way. I would like my MC to help him learn that he can try to make changes in a positive way. That won’t happen overnight, though; it will take time. I don’t think that he has gotten to the point of truly feeling remorse for his actions, but I see small signs that he may be warming up to our hero.
If you play the diamond scene where the hero watches the video in the prison, Caleb asks about the woman in the video. You can choose to tell him it’s your mom or say she must be someone Silas worked with. If you tell him the truth, Caleb says he can’t be expected to spare her if she’s working with Silas, that he’s getting out no matter what. (Admittedly not the best response.) When the hero explains that Rochelle doesn’t work for Silas any more and that the video is more than twenty years old, this is Caleb’s response:
He seems to be glad that he won’t have to fight Rochelle. This is a small step in the right direction.
If you recruit Caleb, the hero says “This is going to be one of the nastiest battle royales in Northbridge history. Don’t tell me that tag-teaming it doesn’t sound like fun…” and Caleb responds with the following statement:
He seems a bit friendlier to our hero…again, a step in the right direction. A baby step, yes, but it’s something. I think my MC can help him learn how to be a better person.
Thank you to those who have said that they will not hate on me for shipping my MC with Caleb. All of the hate I have seen towards Caleb makes me worry that people will react badly towards me. I don’t know who made the anonymous posts about Caleb, but it wasn’t me. I have never posted anything about him anonymously. And I’m not one of the people who has criticized Zig (I like him.)