tip: lex m/m (mature OR explicit)
I hadn't realized that Courtney's words might be read that way. What I had in mind was less dark: she reasons that since the married women (Nigella, Letitia) aren't hurt by Pete and Hank, having Mitch acting as her mother's boyfriend will prevent Pete and Hank from touching her. I hope this will make you feel a bit better about the journal entry. Thank you for your comment and a I wish you a good 2020!