He broke the mold as far ‘potential guys she might be interested in’ goes; he shattered the outlined protocol to pieces. And while she knows that he’s important to her in a way that’s unbelievably gratifying, there are melancholy undertones that can’t be denied. Despite any attempts to surpass the Line of Friendship, it seems as if they are designed to stay encumbered within that refined space. Sure, there are questionable red flags that would impede on romantic compatibility, but she would still gladly have a conversation that tells them otherwise, that dares them to think outside the box.
— Lauren Suval, When The Heart Expands