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Trigger warning for mention of molestation
I’m not a shipper— I’ve never been attracted to hero/villain relationships, I’ve never actively been immersed into a fandom until TFA, but I know all about an older man grooming you, showering you with praises and compliments until you do what he asks you to do. And before I continue, let me tell you that it’s not why I started shipping Reylo, but this is why I want you to hear my voice today.
I was five-and-half when I was sent to a boarding school. My parents’ profession required them to travel all over Europe and this was the common solution for schooling among ‘my people.’ My cousins and my older sister attended before me so it wasn’t a scary prospect to leave my home, plus I was looking forward to meeting people my age since I was a precocious child and used to socializing only with adults.
Meddling with children was an exciting yet terribly disappointing experience. Kids at this age are not very bright, they’re whiny, and they pee their pants. After a week separated from my family, I came to the conclusion that I didn’t like kids very much.