tip: lex m/m (mature OR explicit)
I really love most the moment when Natalie loses it and is actually honest...just for that brief moment before she turns it all inward again. Very her. And I still love the Ducky reference and the the mention of Pop Tarts (yuck!).
Thank you very much! She's a hard character to convince to be honest, especially in front of Nick. And I'm very fond of that Ducky reference myself! I'm convinced they're related. :)
I'm not convinced Natalie is able to be honest WITH HERSELF. And with regard to emotions and needs...she's hidden them so deeply for SO LONG.... So hard.
There is a LOT of pain and resistance there. It makes her fascinating, but difficult, to write.