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I’ve been trying to parse Jack’s attitude toward dating since I started writing this story—or rather, how to express that attitude without making him sound like a jerk and a player, because that seems to be a bit of a problem.
Because he’s not. He likes women and if he discovered that he’d like to marry the woman he’s dating, he wouldn’t waste time mourning his bachelorhood.
But . . .
“It’s not like I ask women out because I think I might eventually propose to them.”
Dennis frowned, and switched pencils. “Huh.”
Jack blinked. “You do?”
“Women? No.” Dennis rummaged around in his cup, pulled out a fine point pen, and began inking in a figure holding a cup of coffee.
. . . he honestly doesn’t understand why everyone seems to think marriage has to be the ultimate goal of dating.
And he really hates being pushed towards that goal, not because he hates the thought of being married, but because he doesn’t think marriage should be treated like a check mark on a bucket list.
Is he oversensitive about this? You bet, and he’s probably shot himself in the foot over it a few times.
Dennis is probably going to call him on that in a couple of sentences.