random wrote:Well, I'll take for word for it
I understand it's Suzu's irrational fear of losing
Hisao because of the Seiji thing, but it's treading
near absurd at this point.
Does it really seem that way? She just told Hisao something that she's only told a handful of people, and then immediately it's right into the stress of exams. Both of them are under a lot of pressure and neither have any relationship experience, I think it kind of makes sense for her to not want to risk damaging their relationship right now, especially since he's helping her with her studying as well. Besides, the white-knighting only became an issue in the latest chapter, in her mind she hasn't had the right moment--until, possibly, now--to talk it over with him.
- She feels guilt for the death of her brother (which she is in no way responsible for.)
- She fears planning for the future (which she also has no rational reason to do.)
- She is afraid Hisao will start to treat her like a fragile doll (which... actually might have some merit, but could probably be solved by talking it over with him.)
If you've never met (or been) a high school student feeling anxiety about their future, then I simply can't help you there. Although what Nemz said is true, part of that is because of her guilt and the way she looked to her brother to learn how to grow up - not just as a person but as a narcoleptic, too.
Helbereth wrote:Saying it's emotional manipulation would implicate that Scissorlips is intentionally using illogical, irrational means to evoke such a visceral response in his readers. However, if that is accurate, then he would have enacted that diabolical plan in the very beginning. Upon review, that theory doesn't hold water considering the story has never relied on such underhanded means to captivate its audience.
I will be prepared to accept any and all namecalling in the near future. But one thing that I think deserves reiterating is that my protagonist is an emotional, somewhat traumatized teenage girl. Should I repeat that? A teenage. Girl. I personally don't see it as any absurd leap of logic that someone like that would attach blame to themselves, when she was the one who needed to go to the city, and she didn't think to bring Miki along. And besides, if not her, who else is there to blame? She was seventeen at the time, I don't see her being able to write it off as "bad luck, these things happen". Is her guilt, as well as her fear of the future irrational? Yes. She's a teenage girl. Is it absurd? I don't agree.
I think I pulled something.
I am quoting this just so that this reply ends on a lighter note, haha.