@bluewindgirl Try pitying her.
Just as you would never follow a hippie to a second location, never ask a narcissist what you can do for them. Tell them what you'll do and then hold your ground.
Also, "She interprets entirely normal, innocent behaviors as a rejection of her" made me laugh. If your every interaction with her is tinged with regret over the intimacy, she's not wrong.
On Lucky Louie
I never read stuff about abused and neglected dogs because I can't take it. But this was lovely. So much peopleness and dogness in it.
So thought this said Shirley Jackson.
"tiny lamprey mouth"?!
@Flashman Have the Oval Office drapes always been puce?
You ate airport shrimp? Evidently not anxious enough.
Is it a coincidence that your feelings for him are flagging just as your parents have begun to accept him? Perhaps one of the things you enjoyed most about him was his ability to elicit disapproval-by-proxy from your judgmental, overbearing parents. At some point, everyone has to declare their independence from their parents' values. Maybe he was your way of doing that without necessarily being your lifelong partner.
@LondonLee Came to say.