When feeling needlessly anxious about a Facebook message from The Nice One, I vented my concerns, as I tend to do, on the nearest person who’d listen.

“[Realtor], have you ever not liked someone for being too nice? Is that extremely unhealthy of me?”

“I guess it depends on your definition of nice; you looking for someone with a backbone or someone abusive?”

“Backbone. What’s a good excuse to tell him?”

“Tell him you can’t date because you’re madly in love with your realtor.”

“Ha, hmm. But I need to tell him something that’s actually believable.”

I could hear his smile.

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