Jekyll and Lanyon's relationship isn't based on any one relationship I've had, but it turns out that you write what you know, whether you like it or not, and what I apparently know are the nonexistent emotional communication skills I've brought with me into every serious relationship, romantic or platonic. It's unsettling re-reading this chapter--which I wrote a year ago--and seeing the characters say things my therapist is telling me right now. What do you mean I have to ask for the things I want?! What if the other person says no? What if, by asking, I end up pressuring them into doing something they don't want to do? These questions feel so new and scary, but apparently I was testing them out in this story before I was ready to ask them in my real life.