characters (3)

To this character, life is like window shopping: an inoculation against, or antidote to, the urge to spend. Emotional opportunities arrive as 3D flexible models, accessible from any angle & as easily subjected to a thorough examination as objects that already exist. Even as he’s living through its leading edge, a potential relationship can be moved around in time by a kind of false hindsight, until he has understood every possibility of development, every nuance; after which he’ll decide what outcome he wants & how to set about achieving it. But by then the opportunity will have passed & what he thought of as the bow shock will have turned out to be the entire event.