#story ideas
just-plenty-of-prompts · a day ago
Can I please request some dialogue prompts about someone matchmaking a family member with someone, please? Thank you!
"look at them they're perfect for each other,"
"why do all my plans backfire,"
"just kiss already!"
"of course, they'll fall in love, I planned it,"
"We need to lock them in a closet,"
"my plans are not over the top,"
"is it working? are they falling for each other yet?"
"oh my god, they just shared a drink,"
"yes yes yes! feed them be cute!"
"my heart breaks watching these oblivious dumbasses,"
"you know his lap is also available as a seat right?"
"I'm your sister, I know what's good for you now go get 'em,"
"her boyfriend showed up? oh no, this isn't good,"
"my plans, my perfectly made plans,"
"I have to get them there at the same time,"
"time to call in back up,"
"I dressed him up good, how did they just walk past him like that?"
"look at them laughing together, isn't it cute?"
"you're single, they're single, I'm a great third-wheel. it's a perfect match,"
"should I do they cliche haunted house scenario?"
there you go!
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neganmct · 2 days ago
Fifty Bad End Prompts
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"C'mon, stay with me, stay with me"
"What do you mean he's/she's/they're gone?"
"I can't sleep because every time I do all I can see is..."
"We made it! We made.. it?... Oh God!"
"I don't know why you did this but I forgive you"
"Hey, it's time to wake up! Hey... wake up? Wake up!"
"Put it down! I don't want you to do this! You don't want to do this!"
"Give it here, please, just give it to me"
"Just remember you put my finger on the trigger"
"This is all your fault!"
"I hate you for this...."
"I can't find it in my heart to forgive you for what you did to me!"
"Hey, never stop smiling for me"
"I'm sorry, I really tried"
"How cold does the barrel of a gun feel?"
"Why the fuck would you do this to yourself?"
"You are fucking disgusting"
"Our time together meant nothing"
"I never wanted you anyway"
"I'm sorry, he/she/they didn't make it"
"So this is it? I'm dying?"
"Drinking/Doing drugs is the only way I can stop thinking about it"
"This is the only way I can dull my pain"
"How long have you been doing this to yourself?"
"No, it's not mine!"
"This wouldn't have had happened if you had just listened"
"He/she/they are dead because of you!"
"This is all of your fault"
"I thought you loved me"
"Why did you lie?"
"You were my future and now you're the past that I can't turn away from"
"Did you mean any of those words?"
"I don't forgive you"
"Why don't you forgive me?"
"It hurts! I can't do this anymore!"
"You were cheating on me!?"
"Why couldn't you have stolen my phone instead of my heart?"
"I should've just left you there to die!"
"You left me for dead!"
"I'm scared of what I've become"
"This wasn't meant to be"
"You deserve better than me"
"I don't care what you look like! I don't care what you did! I care about you! About us!"
"I... I lost it..."
"There must be something wrong with you"
"I wish I could've saved them/her/him/you"
"Some fights are just worth losing"
"I wanted to die with you"
"You don't have a heart"
"I miss the girl/boy/person you were before"
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lanethehumanthing · 2 days ago
Dialogue Prompt #137
"You're an idiot."
"I'm a genius! I'm just... out of my element."
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daily-dose-of-writing · a day ago
After the death of his parents, a young boy struggles to come to terms with living without them. Oddly, nobody really attempts to help him, and it’s only as you get further into the story that you begin to realise that it’s because he died alongside his parents, but hasn’t had a chance to move on
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writingraven · a month ago
Writing Tips
Punctuating Dialogue
➸ “This is a sentence.”
➸ “This is a sentence with a dialogue tag at the end,” she said.
➸ “This,” he said, “is a sentence split by a dialogue tag.”
➸ “This is a sentence,” she said. “This is a new sentence. New sentences are capitalized.”
➸ “This is a sentence followed by an action.” He stood. “They are separate sentences because he did not speak by standing.”
➸ She said, “Use a comma to introduce dialogue. The quote is capitalized when the dialogue tag is at the beginning.”
➸ “Use a comma when a dialogue tag follows a quote,” he said.
“Unless there is a question mark?” she asked.
“Or an exclamation point!” he answered. “The dialogue tag still remains uncapitalized because it’s not truly the end of the sentence.”
➸ “Periods and commas should be inside closing quotations.”
➸ “Hey!” she shouted, “Sometimes exclamation points are inside quotations.”
However, if it’s not dialogue exclamation points can also be “outside”!
➸ “Does this apply to question marks too?” he asked.
If it’s not dialogue, can question marks be “outside”? (Yes, they can.)
➸ “This applies to dashes too. Inside quotations dashes typically express—“
“Interruption” — but there are situations dashes may be outside.
➸ “You’ll notice that exclamation marks, question marks, and dashes do not have a comma after them. Ellipses don’t have a comma after them either…” she said.
➸ “My teacher said, ‘Use single quotation marks when quoting within dialogue.’”
➸ “Use paragraph breaks to indicate a new speaker,” he said.
“The readers will know it’s someone else speaking.”
➸ “If it’s the same speaker but different paragraph, keep the closing quotation off.
“This shows it’s the same character continuing to speak.”
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lyralit · 3 months ago
ingrid sundberg's colour dictionary - writing help
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promptful · a month ago
70 Taunting Enemies Prompts
Remember, requests are open.
“Is that really all you got?” 
“Come on, you can do better than that.” 
“I’m not even sweating yet.” 
“Think I broke more of a sweat 
“I’m sure you can hit me if you try hard enough. I believe in you.” 
“So close.” 
“You’re… boring me.” 
“I expected more.” 
“Why couldn’t the cops deal with you?” 
“Oh, no.”
“I’m sooo scared.” 
“Honestly, if you weren’t threatening actual lives, you’d be more of a nuisance, really.” 
“This is what I was called for? You?” 
“What… is this?” 
“Do you want me to slow down for you?” 
“If it makes you feel better, I’ll let you get a hit in.” 
“This is stupid. Goodnight.” 
 “Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll be good enough to beat me one day.” 
“Come and get it.” 
“That actually hurt. Wow.” 
“Compared to my usual crowd, you’re nothing.” 
“Get out of my way.” 
“Having fun?” 
“Aw, you’re not hurt already, are you?” 
“I was just playing. Surely you can take more.” 
“Oh my, is that blood? Just from that?” 
“You have to get through me!”
“Shut up!” 
“I can keep going.” 
“This— this is nothing.” 
“I’ll make you regret saying that!” 
“Then let me make this a little more challenging!” 
“Of course it hurts, dipshit.” 
“You should be scared.” 
“Stop— stop taunting me!” 
“Fun? Fun? Don’t insult me.” 
“I’ll show you better!” 
“I can’t stand you.” 
“Get out of my way!” 
“Over my dead body!” 
“I won’t let you get to them.” 
“I’ll make sure you can’t hurt anybody else.” 
“Over my grave, you bastard.” 
“I’ll take you down if it’s the last thing I do.” 
“If I can’t take you down, I will never forgive myself.” 
“Try and move me, I dare you!” 
“You’re gonna regret that!” 
“You want to see what I can do?” 
“You’re nothing.”
“Keep taunting me and see what happens.” 
“I’ll give you one chance, walk away.” 
“Fine, I guess we’re doing this.” 
“Y’know, talking during fighting isn’t very professional!” 
“Dammit, all right, here we go!” 
You have a stupid smirk on your face, and I’m just trying to be serious. Why are you like this? Can we fight already? 
Why are you taunting me? Stop— stop dancing. We’re in the middle of a fight. 
When the cops/superhero/my friend told me what you were doing, I wanted to stay in bed. And now that I’m here, I’m thinking that maybe I should have. 
Is that bomb fake or real. I can never tell with you.
I’m bleeding from your knife/kicks/punches, but I’m not gonna stop fighting until you’re finally taken down. 
Every time you taunt me, I see red, and you know this. I should be stronger, but I’m not. 
I won’t let you hurt the people I love. Not while I’m still breathing. 
You notice that I’m breathing heavy, and you just keep smirking. I— I can keep going. I can. 
We used to be friends, what happened to us? Why do we always have to fight? 
If you’d just put that gun/remote/knife, we could go home, y’know? We don’t have to keep fighting. 
You’re not fighting like you used to, what happened? 
This is pathetic and a waste of my time, you’re in my way. 
You’ve gotten weaker, I can’t help but let a smirk cross my lips, this is almost… funny. 
You stumble against the wall with half-lidded eyes. It’d be so easy to just stroll by you, but for some reason, I can’t help but keep taunting you. 
You hate me. I hate you. Yet, taunting you is one of my favorite things to do. 
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juicywritinghoard · 27 days ago
prompts to shake things up
I didn't know you wore glasses and I'm thinking normal and platonic thoughts about you right now I swear
I'm going to take over the world and no one can stop me not even y- okay well if you ask nicely I guess
you say childish like it's a bad thing but I see you eyeing that life size Pokémon plush don't kid yourself 
be honest are you crying about the commercial with the kitten in it
this marriage was supposed to be a scam but, but listen,
soooo *twirling hair and fluttering eyelashes* why does everyone think you're a freak
I know I'm your doctor and the horns growing in overnight was kind of a surprise but why do you want them removed those are sick as hell
babe. my love. song in my heart. are you purring 
okay so if you want me to rescue you from up there you have to try to come with me--okay I guess I'm picking you up
I have never been this sick before I'm sorry did I, haha this is so weird, but did I confess my love for you? f- four times? yeah? haha oh
every time you taste my cooking you just say it's amazing does it need more salt or not I swan to John
oh it's nothing it's just. you sing when you're happy and the place has been so quiet for so long, and I heard you- nevermind,
you frost cookies like you're neither left or right handed but a third other hand that you don't actually possess and I can't stand it (affectionate)
I don't think you understand how much your good morning texts legitimately keep me from rotting in bed all day 
you must be pretty down if me juggling your oranges doesn't even get a laugh out of you :( should I light them on fire? 
no I see the super powers yeah I just, I'm not sure you got them from your medication, yeah, and would you say that's a negative side effect or
ooh what's this potion do? coffee? that's a funny name. what happens if I press this button? humans are so fascinating this is the best I hope I never go home
you've been blinking SOS in Morse code at me for ten minutes honey this award ceremony is supposed to be honoring you 
when we kiss I feel like I'm floating, like literally gravity stopped working on me please don't let go?? also another kiss wouldn't hurt just saying 
so it was YOU who took a full bite out of that stick of butter!! please. please. why??
let's go on vacation somewhere cheesy and act like we're a couple wouldn't that be sooooo funny haha
okay so sleeping it off didn't work. let me consult my list. hypnotism, no. meditation, certainly not. well something has to work because I simply cannot be in love with them
I'm a spy. i can do unspeakable crimes under the morally bankrupt cover of night but I'm not sure I can pretend to look at real estate as a couple with you 
my love is your arm stuck in the claw machine. you were going to steal that prize for me?? oh my gosh. let me rescue you and also show you how to actually do this
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Writing Prompt #2029
"Do you yield?"
He rolled his eyes, voice climbing up to a falsetto pitch. "Do you yield? Are you getting tired? Afraid you can't beat me?"
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just-plenty-of-prompts · 28 days ago
The 'married' couple that is just friends
"You're coming over? bring me coffee I ran out,"
"ah, my friend looks like he's about to kill you, you best leave,"
"I'm going to have to beat people off with a stick aren't I?"
"Man, thanks, I haven't been able to get to the dishes, you're a life saver,"
"do you have my sad hoody? I need my sad hoody,"
"Can you come over? I need your cooking,"
"We have plans! why do we have plans?"
"you're like my child, call me daddy.... nevermind, that sounds wrong,"
"we're going to your parent's for Mom's birthday tomorrow?"
"I left you lunch,"
"who's apartment are we in?"
"I have a key, it's not breaking an entering,"
"I don't care if it's 2am, I'm lonely, come watch a movie,"
"you remembered my snacks right?"
"Did you just get slapped? oh man, I need to high-five them, where are they?"
"Nooo let me sleep,"
"do you remember where I put my purse?"
"Buy me food, I'm broke,"
"Of course, you're my ATM, who else is going to give me money and not expect it back?"
"I forgot my wallet, hey! I need your bank card,"
"This is why I love you,"
" I can't believe you're making me do yoga,"
"What are we married?"
"yeah sure take it,"
"we're out of brain cells,"
"no milk? aw man she hates black coffee,"
"Is it safe yet? I brought Icecream?"
"I got us tickets to the concert, you owe me,"
"if you're going to cry I'm going to punch someone,"
"Hey, hey, It's okay, I'm here,"
"we won!? man, I'm good at this,"
"he did it,"
"excuse me? I was innocent, you corrupted me,"
"you fixed my sink! thanks!"
"I gave a dude your number, he wouldn't stop bothering me, give em' hell,"
"What's for dinner?"
"you have plans that don't involve me? since when?"
"Happy Birthday hoe,"
"isn't this illegal?"
"who's body are we hiding?"
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asimovsideburns · a year ago
Sherlock Holmes modern adaptation but the main characters (Sherlock, Watson, Mrs. Hudson, Irene Adler, and maybe even Lestrade) are all vampires and they’ve just been doing their thing since the time period of the original books
Irene gets to be from New Jersey like she is in canon and she’ll occasionally show up and help Sherlock with a case but they don’t ever date or hook up or anything
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writingraven · a month ago
Writing Tips
Descriptions in Between Dialogue
⤠ how characters interact with the environment
⇝ moving something, picking something up, looking somewhere
⤠ how the environment interacts with the characters
⇝ weather, other character’s actions or movements
⤠ gestures
⇝ facial expressions, body language
⤠ shifts in position
⇝ standing, sitting, leaning, shifting weight, crossing arms/legs
⤠ physical reactions
⇝ body temperature, fidgeting, heart rate, character quirks
⤠ environmental descriptions
⇝ descriptions using the five senses, setting, character’s appearances
⤠ internal dialogue
⇝ emotional reaction to what was said, reflection of past experiences, connections to other characters/settings/actions
➵ I want to reiterate… descriptions using the five senses ; when in doubt, think of the five senses your character is experiencing and pick what best moves the story forward
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lyralit · 2 months ago
fifty ways to get to know your characters (and how to write them)
what is their name? and how does this fit their character?
last name?
do they have a middle name?
name a song that describes them
what are their pronouns?
gender and sexuality?
do they like someone romantically?
list five words to describe them
what about five dialogue tags to use consistently on this character?
what is their motivation?
do they consider themselves a good person?
colour that describes their personality
MBTI type
enneagram type
character they're based on
person they would bring down whilst dying
person they would kill if they had the chance
character they would get along with if they were in the same universe
character they would hate if they were in the same universe
artist they would listen to
artist they would hate
give them a theme song
make them a playlist! (see my other post for songs to put on that playlist, here)
make them a mood board
assign them an aesthetic
what are their strengths?
what about fatal weaknesses?
the one person who can convince them to do something they're stubbornly against
who would they kill for?
what tropes do they fall into?
fatal weakness (food edition)
book they would definitely read
language besides their mother tongue they would (have) learned
murder accomplice
thing that makes them go weak at the knees
most obscure thing they HATE
while we're there, biggest phobia
are they (would they be) a book or movie person?
are they a romantic
childhood experience that defines an aspect of their life
what is their age?
birth sign? / zodiac?
what constellation would they be
name a famous myth could they would have been the main character
old or new soul
assign them a smell
assign them a smell they like
can they swim?
street smarts or brain smarts?
what is this character's purpose to the plot?
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onebadnoodle · 3 months ago
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quick sketches for some character ideas. i think you can guess what this story idea is about ☣️
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promptful · a month ago
Oddly obscure Friends-to-Lovers prompts that I'll probably add to.
I'm uh, sorry? Requests are open, and please do not add to this list. I'm sure I have more somewhere in my brain, lol.
WARNINGS: Mention of drowning, mention of death, possible cursing. Alcohol.
1: We’re having a movie night, just like we’ve always done… but your thigh is touching mine, and my thoughts won’t stop wandering. Your warmth, your touch–I never realized how much I craved it until now. (Bonus points if you are thinking the same thing) 
2: We both just got off work, and I’m walking you home just like any other night, you trip on an unfortunate pebble. Just before you hit the ground, I caught you with one arm around your waist, one between your shoulder blades. Is it just me, or are things a little warmer than they were? 
3: Throughout our childhood, it was always you getting sick, never me. You coughed, sneezed, wheezed, and nearly passed out next to me with fevers higher than imaginable, but I was fine, and helped you through it all the same. But this time, I’m bedridden and you won’t stop freaking out. I have half the mind to pull you into bed with me so you’ll stop running around. 
4: This is your favorite song, and apparently there’s an option to sing a duet. Oh… you want me to sing? It’s a love song? We’ll be right next to each other? Oh. Okay. 
5: You’re drunk, bent over a bar with a grin splayed on your lips. Come on, up you go, I’m taking you home… but you’re clinging to me, and won’t let me fish your keys out of your pocket/bag, guess we’re taking my car. And for the rest of the car ride, I have to pretend that you’re not clinging to my hand/shoulder. How am I going to be able to look you in the eyes tomorrow? 
6: I step outside to find a thank you note for helping you/picking you up/getting groceries for you, stuck to a plate of baked pie/cookies/cake. Oh my god, this is really good? When did you learn how to bake, and how can I make you do it more? …Why are your cheeks red? 
7: My roommate/ex/family kicked me out into the rain. I have nobody else to call but you. I’m sorry, but when I thought of my friends that I thought would care enough, you were the only I thought to call. 
8: Your roommate/ex/family kicked you out, and it’s pouring outside. In my pajamas/loungewear, I ran to my car to pick you up. How dare they? And… I’m glad that I’m the one you called, y’know? 
9: This is the stupidest thing we’ve ever done, I tell you, fully on-board to do the stupid thing because I can’t just ignore the grins you give me. They’re cursed, I tell you, some sort of cures that elicits butterflies and makes me smile. Plus, I just don’t have the heart to remove your fingers from my wrist. 
10: You’ve always been a stoic nightmare who never smiles, laughs, or does anything remotely animated. But one night, you actually laughed and I think I felt my heart skip a beat. Or three. You’re so pretty/handsome. 
11: There’s one bed, and I know we’ve shared beds for years, but your arm is around my hips, my back is against your chest, and your breath keeps brushing my neck. I really hope my heartbeat doesn’t wake you up, because I can’t think of anything but how right this feels. 
12: I’m trying to hold you, and I can feel every little thing about you. Your breaths and heartbeat, even the little shifts you make to get comfortable. It’s… intoxicating. Why did I agree to sleeping here with you again? 
13: Ohmygod, I know I just said I love you, and I truly did mean it, but I know we’re just friends and it’s too soon and I’m so, so sorry, but then your eyes flicker with something I’ve never seen, and maybe I don’t feel so bad anymore? (Bonus points if you pull me into a kiss.)
14: We’re arguing because of something stupid, and every single time I think it’s finally over, you scream, “But why do you care?!” And I respond with the only thing I can think of, “Because I love you!” @screnwriter lmao. 
15: Saying I love you after I just nearly drowned shouldn’t be as hot as it is, but I can’t seem to stop staring at your lips. Whoops?
16: We’ve been friends since childhood, and I’ve accepted that we’re just not meant to be. I’ve moved on, or at least tried, and throughout it all I’ve encouraged you to follow your dreams. I didn’t– I didn’t know that your dream was me. 
17: You and I’ve been friends since we were kids, and suddenly when I’m about to leave for vacation/college/moving, you let out that you can’t let me go without saying I love you. Why did I never know… and how can I make it up to you? 
18: All week, you’ve been on my mind, and I can’t make you go away. Finally, after suffering in silence for so long at the thought of your lips, your laugh, and your smile, I give in and ask you to come to my apartment. God, I love you. 
19: What the hell are we doing in this closet? Why did you drag me in here? Why are you so close? Why do I want you to be closer? 
20: “This is bad,” I whisper, with my hands wrapped around your hips, because I know that if you give in, I’m wrapped around your finger. “Maybe,” you whisper, leaning closer, “maybe this is a good kind of bad, hm?” and pull me into a kiss. 
21: You need help tying the back of your dress/fixing your cufflinks, and my fingers keep scraping against your skin. How are you so warm? And how are you acting like I’m not right behind/in front of you? 
22: We’re ice skating, just like we used to when we were kids, but then you slip. I break your fall by offering myself up for tribute, and suddenly, we’re a whole lot closer. How do I– where do I move? Why are your eyes dilated? 
23: You offer to make me tea when I’m sick, and for some reason, I have the urge to kiss you. Deliriously, I ask if I can. We came to an agreement that I can kiss you after I stop sneezing. 
24: I know you love rollercoasters, but I get so sick while riding them, and I’m not sure if I can stomach another one–oh, you’re holding my hand? That’s… that’s a lot more distracting than the wind whipping and the sounds of screams… for some reason. 
25: Every Sunday morning before work/church/school/a hobby, you come in for coffee. We chat a little bit each time, and I feel like we’re some sort of friends now. Today, I finally gained the courage to write my number on your cup. 
26: Family vacations are a whole lot more awkward when you and I can’t stop staring at each other, and you know that they’re going to catch on if we don’t stop, right? But we don’t, and instead, it just gets worse. 
27: You’re in a swimsuit. I– don’t… know what to do but stand here and look awkward and try not to wheeze up a lung, because that’s more skin than I thought I’d ever see on you. You’re so beautiful/pretty/handsome/cute/dazzling. (Bonus points if you won’t look at me for the exact same thing.)
28: We’re roommates, and I walk in on you changing. You yelp. I yelp. I never forget what I saw, I’m sure you never forget what I walked in on. I think it’s time we have a chat about this. 
29: Did you know that if you love someone enough, your heart can palpitate? I didn’t, well, not until you walked into the room.
30: It’s your birthday and everyone forgot. Everyone except me. We sit down at a nearby park/in your apartment/on the roof/in a tree, and I finally give you my present. After opening it, you kiss me, and everything feels right.
31: You just got rejected from a date/prom night, and I promise you, your crush is missing out on you. I don’t know how to convince you other than sit here, hold you, and pretend that I don’t wish you’d see what’s in front of you.
32: I never wanted to ruin what we had, but you’re making it so hard not to utter those three words. Especially when you invite me to a family event/over to your apartment/somewhere quiet, and I just have to sit here and pretend you don’t look as pretty as the night sky. 
33: I know you’re angry that I got hurt, and I know you’re angry that I sacrificed my health for you, but you’re patching up a cut on my face/chest, and you’re– you’re really close. It’d only take so much of a slight push to press my lips to yours. (Bonus: our eyes meet and suddenly, I don’t want to hold back anymore.) 
34: I invited you over after a rough night, the stench of cheap beer on both of our breaths. It isn’t like any other night you’ve come over, but for some reason I can’t get my mind off of the way you laugh, or how you threw everything aside to come comfort me. (Bonus points if you say I love you after a stretch of silence.) 
35: I’m trying to work up the courage to tell you how I feel, but everyone and everything seems to be against us doing this. Your friends, my friends, a random phone call from a telemarketer that I nearly cussed out. Okay, look, I love you.
36: Work has me exhausted, and I don’t want to think anymore. But you’re right there with your arms open, and for some reason, giving me comfort that nobody else would offer, and I just can’t hold back from mumbling I love you into your hair. Uh, sorry.
37: We always snuggle, and this shouldn’t be any different, but I’m trying not to press my lips to yours because they’re right there and I don’t want to pass up another chance, but you take initiative and do it yourself. Oh. 
38: Your SO doesn’t treat you right, and you know it, and I know it, and everyone else knows it. But I don’t know how to convince you that maybe they’re not right for you without giving myself away. And of course when I try, it fails. Crap. 
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