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8th Aug '16 2:20:02 PM Willbyr
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* In ''NodameCantabile'', [[DirtyOldMan Stresemann]] and [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave the Academy's director]] decided to stay this, after the director received an illness that stopped her from playing the piano again when she was younger, though they had the potential to become lovers if the illness hadn't struck, as noted by Stresemann's assistant.

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* In ''NodameCantabile'', ''Manga/NodameCantabile'', [[DirtyOldMan Stresemann]] and [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave the Academy's director]] decided to stay this, after the director received an illness that stopped her from playing the piano again when she was younger, though they had the potential to become lovers if the illness hadn't struck, as noted by Stresemann's assistant.
30th Jul '16 1:51:49 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Carol and Harry, who insist that they're this while [[EveryoneCanSeeIt most everyone, from characters]] to [[FanPreferredCouple fans,]] is shipping them. More accurately, Harry wouldn't be averse to a RelationshipUpgrade, but emphasises that he's her friend first and foremost, because she's had a number of bad experiences with guys befriending her just to try to get into her pants - something made all the more distressing since [[YoungerThanTheyLook she's only 14/15 at the start of the story]] - and just wants a friend. That said, it's also fairly heavily implied that she's attracted to him too.
28th Jul '16 8:34:40 AM Willbyr
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* ''Just Be Friends'' by [[{{Vocaloid}} Luka Megurine]].

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* ''Just Be Friends'' by [[{{Vocaloid}} [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Luka Megurine]].
23rd Jul '16 8:50:41 AM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''SixTeen'', Wyatt and a girl named Marlowe eventually break up after spending too much time together. When Wyatt wonder if they would be just friends, Marlowe instead said they could be the "best of Exes".
* After kissing in ''TotalDramaIsland'', [=LeShawna=] basically cancels her relationship with Harold, saying they're just friends. Harold still pines for her though, [[spoiler: The feelings are mutual]].

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* In an episode of ''SixTeen'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', Wyatt and a girl named Marlowe eventually break up after spending too much time together. When Wyatt wonder if they would be just friends, Marlowe instead said they could be the "best of Exes".
* After kissing in ''TotalDramaIsland'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', [=LeShawna=] basically cancels her relationship with Harold, saying they're just friends. Harold still pines for her though, [[spoiler: The feelings are mutual]].
15th Jul '16 3:04:07 PM Pegase
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** Of course, at pretty much literally the last minute, a new pairing is introduced that grew out of this trope. [[spoiler: Korra and Asami. There is a bit a wiggle room for those who would prefer not to see it, but it is a very, very heavily implied.]] Moreover, the WordOfGod confirms that they are a canon couple, even though all they physically do as a couple on screen is hold hands.

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** Of course, at pretty much almost literally the last minute, a new pairing is introduced that grew out of this trope. [[spoiler: Korra and Asami. There is a bit a wiggle room for those who would prefer not to see it, but it is a very, very heavily implied.]] Moreover, the WordOfGod confirms that they are a canon couple, even though all they physically do as a couple on screen is hold hands.
15th Jul '16 3:02:46 PM Pegase
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* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'': The trope as a whole is mercilessly lampshaded. Ricky is madly in love with Janey, who completely ignores every word he says. She falls for Jake, the JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Ricky ends up having a RaceForYourLove, but he gets hit by cars. Whilst the drivers call out things like "You'll never be more than a friend", "She's not attracted to you" and "She'll never love you."
* ''Film/JustFriends'': RyanReynolds as the fat, nerdy teenager in love with his best friend, Amy Smart, who loves him "as a brother". He runs away and 10 years later is rich, cool, and good-looking. He comes back into town where she immediately is struck by his new appearance.
* ''Bollywood/KalHoNaaHo'': Rohit and Naina, until the Relationship Upgrade.



* ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'': Zack and Miri start the movie as PlatonicLifePartners. And then the titular porno comes along...



* ''Film/CalamityJane'': The titular character and Bill Hickcock fit this, as they're VitriolicBestBuds for most of the movie. This overlaps with their BelligerentSexualTension until they get a RelationshipUpgrade.
--> '''Katie:''' Do you dislike Mr. Hitcock as much as you pretend to?\\
'''Calamity:''' Dislike ''Bill''? Why, me and Bill are thicker than flies in a Pawnee camp. We're like the seven-year itch to each other... but it's a lotta fun scratchin'. Yup. That Bill Hitcock's about the best friend I ever had.



* In ''Film/{{On a Clear Day You Can See Forever}}'', Tad Pringle (played by JackNicholson) is utterly in love with Daisy Gamble (played by BarbraStreisand) and even declares outright that he'd be better for her than any of the men she's been seeing; unfortunately for him, she considers him her best friend, and only her best friend. The fact that he's ''technically'' also her step-brother (their parents married after both Tad and Daisy were adults) doesn't help his case much, despite his pointing out that "We're only related through marriage."
* Isabel told Morton that she wants to be this in ''Film/{{Mozart and the Whale}}''. Soon after in his social clumsiness does something that provokes such trauma in Isabel that she attempts suicide. He asks her to marry him. When she has recovered from this she [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan actually does marry ]].



* Juan Herrera occupies the Friend Zone in ''Film/TheFuries''. He clearly carries a torch for heroine Vance Jeffords, but she has a thing for [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boys]] like Rip Darrow, so he can only listen and give advice.
* ''Film/JustFriends'': RyanReynolds as the fat, nerdy teenager in love with his best friend, Amy Smart, who loves him "as a brother". He runs away and 10 years later is rich, cool, and good-looking. He comes back into town where she immediately is struck by his new appearance.
* ''Bollywood/KalHoNaaHo'': Rohit and Naina, until the Relationship Upgrade.



* ''Film/CalamityJane'': The titular character and Bill Hickcock fit this, as they're VitriolicBestBuds for most of the movie. This overlaps with their BelligerentSexualTension until they get a RelationshipUpgrade.
--> '''Katie:''' Do you dislike Mr. Hitcock as much as you pretend to?\\
'''Calamity:''' Dislike ''Bill''? Why, me and Bill are thicker than flies in a Pawnee camp. We're like the seven-year itch to each other... but it's a lotta fun scratchin'. Yup. That Bill Hitcock's about the best friend I ever had.

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* ''Film/CalamityJane'': Isabel told Morton that she wants to be this in ''Film/{{Mozart and the Whale}}''. Soon after in his social clumsiness does something that provokes such trauma in Isabel that she attempts suicide. He asks her to marry him. When she has recovered from this she [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan actually does marry ]].
* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'':
The titular character trope as a whole is mercilessly lampshaded. Ricky is madly in love with Janey, who completely ignores every word he says. She falls for Jake, the JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Ricky ends up having a RaceForYourLove, but he gets hit by cars. Whilst the drivers call out things like "You'll never be more than a friend", "She's not attracted to you" and Bill Hickcock fit this, as they're VitriolicBestBuds "She'll never love you."
* In ''Film/{{On a Clear Day You Can See Forever}}'', Tad Pringle (played by JackNicholson) is utterly in love with Daisy Gamble (played by BarbraStreisand) and even declares outright that he'd be better
for most her than any of the movie. This overlaps with their BelligerentSexualTension until they get a RelationshipUpgrade.
--> '''Katie:''' Do you dislike Mr. Hitcock as much as you pretend to?\\
'''Calamity:''' Dislike ''Bill''? Why, me and Bill are thicker than flies in a Pawnee camp. We're like the seven-year itch to each other... but it's a lotta fun scratchin'. Yup. That Bill Hitcock's about the
men she's been seeing; unfortunately for him, she considers him her best friend I ever had.friend, and only her best friend. The fact that he's ''technically'' also her step-brother (their parents married after both Tad and Daisy were adults) doesn't help his case much, despite his pointing out that "We're only related through marriage."



* Juan Herrera occupies the Friend Zone in ''Film/TheFuries''. He clearly carries a torch for heroine Vance Jeffords, but she has a thing for [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boys]] like Rip Darrow, so he can only listen and give advice.



* ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'': Zack and Miri start the movie as PlatonicLifePartners. And then the titular porno comes along...



* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark, Lana, Chloe, Lois, Pete, Lex, Oliver, and pretty much all of the young characters have all [[BlatantLies claimed]] they are just friends with various other characters for more times than you could remember.
* Will and Sydney do this in the initial seasons of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', complete with an ambiguous (drunken) kiss whose meaning neither of them can quite figure out...

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark, Lana, Chloe, Lois, Pete, Lex, Oliver, and pretty much all of the young characters have all [[BlatantLies claimed]] they are just friends with various other characters for more times than you could remember.
* Will and Sydney do this in the initial seasons of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', complete with an ambiguous (drunken) kiss whose meaning neither of them can quite figure out...



* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Benson and Stabler are portrayed as PlatonicLifePartners, but that subtlety is often lost, by the writers as much as by the fans. In the early and late seasons, when Elliot is married, it is upheld but there are some fairly ShipTease moments in the middle, and it's understandable - they are, after all, very close. It doesn't help that Olivia often acts as if she were hopelessly in love with Elliot, which is obviously problematic and only adds to her IronWoobie status, or that she has no family but him. On the whole, the fandom are split between thinking that they are an intense barrel of {{UST}} waiting to explode, or that they really ''are'' just friends, but of such an unusual sort that it is often mistaken for sexual tension.



* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Benson and Stabler are portrayed as PlatonicLifePartners, but that subtlety is often lost, by the writers as much as by the fans. In the early and late seasons, when Elliot is married, it is upheld but there are some fairly ShipTease moments in the middle, and it's understandable - they are, after all, very close. It doesn't help that Olivia often acts as if she were hopelessly in love with Elliot, which is obviously problematic and only adds to her IronWoobie status, or that she has no family but him. On the whole, the fandom are split between thinking that they are an intense barrel of {{UST}} waiting to explode, or that they really ''are'' just friends, but of such an unusual sort that it is often mistaken for sexual tension.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Benson In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark, Lana, Chloe, Lois, Pete, Lex, Oliver, and Stabler are portrayed as PlatonicLifePartners, but that subtlety is often lost, by the writers as pretty much as by all of the fans. In the early and late seasons, when Elliot is married, it is upheld but there are some fairly ShipTease moments in the middle, and it's understandable - they are, after all, very close. It doesn't help that Olivia often acts as if she were hopelessly in love with Elliot, which is obviously problematic and only adds to her IronWoobie status, or that she has no family but him. On the whole, the fandom are split between thinking that young characters have all [[BlatantLies claimed]] they are an intense barrel of {{UST}} waiting to explode, or that they really ''are'' just friends, but of such an unusual sort that it is often mistaken friends with various other characters for sexual tension.more times than you could remember.
* Will and Sydney do this in the initial seasons of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', complete with an ambiguous (drunken) kiss whose meaning neither of them can quite figure out...



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Finn and Flame Princess following their breakup in ''Fire & Ice''. Partly due to the fact she now has to rule a kingdom which she acquired following a coup on her father. Though mostly because she still has some issues to work through. Finn doesn't take the hint after they break up, resulted in a DownerEnding where he gets a ShipSinking as she hooks up with [[spoiler:Cinnamon Bun]].
* In''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Howard has the nerve to say this to a super-strong gynoid girlfriend he bought when said gynoid has been actively trying to kill people for most of the episode. Terry, as Batman, actually {{Face Palm}}s shortly before lampshading it.
-->'''Howie:''' ''[as Cynthia starts to malfunction in rage]'' Wrong thing to say?\\
'''Batman:''' Is it EVER the right thing?!



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Kim and Ron. Quite an unusual example, as their relationship is only really explored in Season 3, although they are hints and ShipTease taking place in earlier seasons. They get a LastMinuteHookup. The results of the RelationshipUpgrade are then explored, as the show was brought back for a 4th season.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Kim ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with Fry and Ron. Quite an unusual example, as their relationship is only really explored in Season 3, although Leela. It's implied they are hints and ShipTease taking place in earlier seasons. They get a LastMinuteHookup. will eventually end up together. The results post-movie re-launch series have them in a very ambiguous romantic relationship; the strength of which is dictated by RuleOfFunny.
** TheyDo end up together in the very final finale
of the RelationshipUpgrade are then explored, as the show was brought back for a 4th season.show.



* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Howard has the nerve to say this to a super-strong gynoid girlfriend he bought when said gynoid has been actively trying to kill people for most of the episode. Terry, as Batman, actually {{Face Palm}}s shortly before lampshading it.
-->'''Howie:''' ''[as Cynthia starts to malfunction in rage]'' Wrong thing to say?\\
'''Batman:''' Is it EVER the right thing?!
* After kissing in ''TotalDramaIsland'', [=LeShawna=] basically cancels her relationship with Harold, saying they're just friends. Harold still pines for her though, [[spoiler: The feelings are mutual]].

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* Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Howard has the nerve to say this to a super-strong gynoid girlfriend he bought when said gynoid has been actively trying to kill people for most of the episode. Terry, ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Kim and Ron. Quite an unusual example, as Batman, actually {{Face Palm}}s shortly before lampshading it.
-->'''Howie:''' ''[as Cynthia starts to malfunction in rage]'' Wrong thing to say?\\
'''Batman:''' Is it EVER the right thing?!
* After kissing in ''TotalDramaIsland'', [=LeShawna=] basically cancels her
their relationship is only really explored in Season 3, although they are hints and ShipTease taking place in earlier seasons. They get a LastMinuteHookup. The results of the RelationshipUpgrade are then explored, as the show was brought back for a 4th season.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Spirit of Competition," the SiblingTriangle of Bolin, Mako and Korra articulate their feelings towards each other in various ways. After resulting interpersonal tensions nearly cost them their place in the finals, the three settle back into a mutually friendly dynamic,
with Harold, saying they're just friends. Harold still pines for her though, the larger underlying LoveDodecahedron unresolved.
**
[[spoiler: The feelings season ends with Mako realizing he is in love with Korra, and Korra reciprocating his feelings. Bolin, by his own admission, has gotten over his crush on Korra and holds no ill will towards his brother's new relationship. It's also implied that Asami, who had been dating Mako, settles into something like this after he apologizes for kissing Korra behind her back and trying to cover it up.]]
** Then the second season ends [[spoiler: with Korra and Mako choosing to be this. After many hardships throughout the season, the both of them came to realize that they had such different goals in life that a romantic relationship would simply not work out between them so they work much better as friends. This is also the case for Bolin and Eska, as the latter has to go back to the Northern Water Tribe and so cannot stay by his side anymore, and later it's confirmed when Bolin starts dating Opal.]]
**Of course, at pretty much literally the last minute, a new pairing is introduced that grew out of this trope. [[spoiler: Korra and Asami. There is a bit a wiggle room for those who would prefer not to see it, but it is a very, very heavily implied.]] Moreover, the WordOfGod confirms that they
are mutual]].a canon couple, even though all they physically do as a couple on screen is hold hands.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with Fry and Leela. It's implied they will eventually end up together. The post-movie re-launch series have them in a very ambiguous romantic relationship; the strength of which is dictated by RuleOfFunny.
** TheyDo end up together in the very final finale of the show.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Spirit of Competition," the SiblingTriangle of Bolin, Mako and Korra articulate their feelings towards each other in various ways. After resulting interpersonal tensions nearly cost them their place in the finals, the three settle back into a mutually friendly dynamic, with the larger underlying LoveDodecahedron unresolved.
** [[spoiler: The season ends with Mako realizing he is in love with Korra, and Korra reciprocating his feelings. Bolin, by his own admission, has gotten over his crush on Korra and holds no ill will towards his brother's new relationship. It's also implied that Asami, who had been dating Mako, settles into something like this after he apologizes for kissing Korra behind her back and trying to cover it up.]]
** Then the second season ends [[spoiler: with Korra and Mako choosing to be this. After many hardships throughout the season, the both of them came to realize that they had such different goals in life that a romantic relationship would simply not work out between them so they work much better as friends. This is also the case for Bolin and Eska, as the latter has to go back to the Northern Water Tribe and so cannot stay by his side anymore, and later it's confirmed when Bolin starts dating Opal.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Finn and Flame Princess following their breakup in ''Fire & Ice''. Partly due to the fact she now has to rule a kingdom which she acquired following a coup on her father. Though mostly because she still has some issues to work through. Finn doesn't take the hint after they break up, resulted in a DownerEnding where he gets a ShipSinking as she hooks up with [[spoiler:Cinnamon Bun]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with Fry and Leela. It's implied they will eventually end up together. The post-movie re-launch series have them in a very ambiguous romantic relationship; the strength of which is dictated by RuleOfFunny.
** TheyDo end up together in the very final finale of the show.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "The Spirit of Competition," the SiblingTriangle of Bolin, Mako and Korra articulate their feelings towards each other in various ways.
After resulting interpersonal tensions nearly cost them their place kissing in the finals, the three settle back into a mutually friendly dynamic, ''TotalDramaIsland'', [=LeShawna=] basically cancels her relationship with the larger underlying LoveDodecahedron unresolved.
**
Harold, saying they're just friends. Harold still pines for her though, [[spoiler: The season ends with Mako realizing he is in love with Korra, and Korra reciprocating his feelings. Bolin, by his own admission, has gotten over his crush on Korra and holds no ill will towards his brother's new relationship. It's also implied that Asami, who had been dating Mako, settles into something like this after he apologizes for kissing Korra behind her back and trying to cover it up.]]
** Then the second season ends [[spoiler: with Korra and Mako choosing to be this. After many hardships throughout the season, the both of them came to realize that they had such different goals in life that a romantic relationship would simply not work out between them so they work much better as friends. This is also the case for Bolin and Eska, as the latter has to go back to the Northern Water Tribe and so cannot stay by his side anymore, and later it's confirmed when Bolin starts dating Opal.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Finn and Flame Princess following their breakup in ''Fire & Ice''. Partly due to the fact she now has to rule a kingdom which she acquired following a coup on her father. Though mostly because she still has some issues to work through. Finn doesn't take the hint after they break up, resulted in a DownerEnding where he gets a ShipSinking as she hooks up with [[spoiler:Cinnamon Bun]].
feelings are mutual]].
15th Jul '16 2:35:36 PM Pegase
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* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Randy towards Catalina. Randy loved her, but she considered them Just Friends. They end up getting married for a green card. For some reason, they went through with the wedding night sex except that Catalina made herself completely undesirable. Randy got over her because of her actions. This led to a UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo that was never really followed up on.
* ''Series/MysteriousWays'' has a just friends triangle-type thing going on. Declan can be shipped with either his brilliant grad student Miranda or his psychiatrist friend Peggy as both spend plenty of time with him on cases. It is implied that both Peggy and Miranda have feelings for Declan, but there is never any evidence that he is interested in either of them.
** In one episode, the idea of "not being able to shake" your soul mate is posited. After Peggy and Miranda have called Declan's girlfriend's cell phone for the umpteenth time trying to reach him, said girlfriend says "Seems like you can't shake either one of them." That's about the strongest ship tease you get, though.



* ''Series/MysteriousWays'' has a just friends triangle-type thing going on. Declan can be shipped with either his brilliant grad student Miranda or his psychiatrist friend Peggy as both spend plenty of time with him on cases. It is implied that both Peggy and Miranda have feelings for Declan, but there is never any evidence that he is interested in either of them.
** In one episode, the idea of "not being able to shake" your soul mate is posited. After Peggy and Miranda have called Declan's girlfriend's cell phone for the umpteenth time trying to reach him, said girlfriend says "Seems like you can't shake either one of them." That's about the strongest ship tease you get, though.



* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Randy towards Catalina. Randy loved her, but she considered them Just Friends. They end up getting married for a green card. For some reason, they went through with the wedding night sex except that Catalina made herself completely undesirable. Randy got over her because of her actions. This led to a UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo that was never really followed up on.
15th Jul '16 10:08:31 AM Sammettik
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* VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution subtly hints at Faridah having feelings for Adam. His responses differ based on what the player chooses.

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* VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' subtly hints at Faridah having feelings for Adam. His responses differ based on what the player chooses.
12th Jul '16 3:26:04 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' has Harry and Hermione deny with insistance being anything more than friends, contrary to what literally everyone, both in- and out-of-universe, think. Harry and [[WordOfGod the author]] said that "maybe they'll get together later, maybe they won't, but for the time being they're just eleven and it's reductive to think that Hermione, because she's a girl, could only be a love interest and not a friend".
26th Jun '16 5:25:28 PM 69BookWorM69
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* In ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure]]'', Lori finds a gold and garnet bracelet in the attic of her cottage and goes to the blue journal to ask Dimity about it. Dimity eventually reveals it was a gift from a young man who befriended her just after World War II, and that he gave it to her and declared his love for her after [[GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals she had given him a stuffed badger]]. Dimity was taken by surprise (thinking they were only this trope), plus she was mourning her fiancé and couldn't return his feelings; she says, "I could do nothing but gape at him like an addled goldfish." He left the cafe abruptly, and though she searched for him in an attempt to explain, she lived out her life without finding him and asks Lori to do so.
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