Tessa tries to take a step back from Hardin, but “his grip is too strong.” We’re going to totally ignore her lack of bodily autonomy in this very moment because she’s so! shocked! and! over! whelmed! that Hardin just said he wants to be good. If it is THIS SHOCKING that someone has set the pretty mid-level bar of being good, perhaps don’t date that person. #SnarkLadyAdvice (S: #MaybeLiterallySavesLivesInThisCase.)
Because of contrivance, bad writing, our quest for crossover magic, or perhaps even just good writing that involves stuff we don’t like/want, we often find ourselves adding/removing story elements. We try to be up front about this when it happens. We invite you to accept or reject our TOTALLY AMAZING head canon as you see fit.