I have always wanted to protect em and I have never been able to, and I never will be able to. Not just for practical reasons but because there are things I shouldn’t interfere in without eir permission, without knowing that ey wants me to interfere and what ey wants me to do. I can be there, I can be the voice of reason to some extent, I can provide the minimal constraint of “someone else is watching”, but I can’t make any big gestures or ultimatums or anything like that.
Mostly I can’t make it stop. I never have been able to and I never will be able to.