It takes astonishingly little to take a man out of his own head.
Every virtue, every tender mercy, can be ripped right out of him when up against the slightest threat to anyone he holds dear.
And yet this same man will contort himself with ridiculous extremes of sentimentally just to impress the one he loves.
This is neither contradiction nor calculation. While as much grounded in instinct as driven by reason, neither can they be separated out without destroying the man.
This tender-hearted, brutal defender is all too easily provoked.
And yet, so very ordinary.
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