Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so
vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it
means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up
all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that
nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any
other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a
piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day,
like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own
anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and
leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we
should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way
into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in
the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart
pain. I hate love.
— Neil Gaiman.

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