To the good guys, . You wear this mask of “I don’t care” because you’ve been pushed around far too many times. . Friends. Crushes. Girlfriends. Family. Everyone hurt you, so you decided to fit in. . Your classes end early some days, but you stick around longer because your best friend is a girl and you like to walk her to her home because she understands you and you want to ensure her safety. Everyone else around thinks you love her. You don’t. They spread rumours about you two. And one night, she asks you to stay away because she believes those rumours are true. You tell her the truth but she tells you to stop pretending. . Your crush texts you at 1 AM, asking you if you’ve completed your assignment. You tell her you have and it’s not too hard. She asks if you can do it for her, too. You know this isn’t the first time you’ve helped her. Instead of saying no, you stay up late and complete her assignment because it’s the last day of the submission. Next morning, she thanks you and stops texting you until she needs your help again. . You bring flowers and chocolates for your girlfriend, but she is never on time anywhere. You ask her if she is going to tell her friends about you, and she says no. She introduces you as her casual friend in parties and flirts with other boys. She tells you she wants the relationship to be a secret because you’re too precious to be exposed, but you know the truth — she doesn’t want to be seen around you. She tells you that you’re her choice, but you’ve always been an option. . Your parents fight often. You try to keep everyone together even when it hurts you. The quietness at the dining table is often very loud and the spoon that falls off the table becomes another reason for an argument. You hate people talking but once, just for once, you want to hear your parents talking and laughing with their mouths full. . The good guys don’t exist because they’ve been told to stay quiet, they’ve been misunderstood and asked to change themselves because they’re too good to be true. They exist, but they pretend not to. . From A Good Guy.