Never fall in love, if you can help it. Never fall in love. It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart, and that means someone can get inside and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up this wall, so that nothing can hurt you…then one stupid person, no different than any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life. You give them a piece of you. They didn't ask for it. They just did something dumb one day, like smile at you, and then suddenly your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside of you. It knocks you around real good, then leaves you bruised, broken, and crying in the dark, and a simple phrase like 'maybe we should just be friends, then' turns into a glass splinter, working its way into your heart. And it hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain.

I came real close to loving a monster, once. Loving and leaving are easy; it's the being-left that's difficult. It's the being-left that hurts. Victims. Aren't we all?