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I read two books and watched a movie.

#1 – The protagonist completes a written pros/cons list for her romantic interest.

#2 – The protagonist says we choose a lover, the same lover, every day and that it is a mistake to “need” someone.

#3 – The protagonist/antagonist/anti-hero/flawed human makes valid points against his dating partner about reciprocity and moral principles, never naming these virtues.

 

I’ve done something kind.

I’ve surprised her.

 

She is angry.

 

I feel undervalued.

I’ve made a mistake.

And the gesture, the surprise, angers her.

 

I feel responsible for her anger.

I’m also surprised … by her anger.

 

I am undervalued.

I will no longer apply extra kindness toward her or our relationship.

 

I’ve made a mistake.

In staying?

How I follow through with surprises?

When seeking reciprocity?

By basing our relationship on pros/cons?

 

I have moral principles and live by them.

Mistakes occur outside of my intention or application.

 

I do not need her anger.

 

The pro – the proactive move – has been decided.

 

I am valuable outside of her recognition.

I am choosing love for myself.

The action to leave her has not been made.

 

A fallen hero who rises above tragedy tries again.

And she, the love interest, responds in kind.

 

She will also try.

 

I cry.

Hopeful.

Dan Jones

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