The Bad Influence
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The Bad Influence

Friendship Red Flags

In hindsight.

Photo by Luis Galvez on Unsplash

I’d dated Larry* for a brief second in my early teens. Because I was a kid with exactly zero dating experience, I didn’t realize that the man-boy he’d been would be the man he’d become.

Larry love-bombed me, then ignored me completely. I couldn’t figure out what he was doing, and I was simultaneously frustrated and persisted in trying to get his attention. I’m sure that I looked exactly…



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Existential editor. Mostly alive sort of undead, jack of all trades, master of none, but better than a master of one. AKA Kate