Reggie probably doesn’t have much experience dealing with girls being disappointed in not getting him. He probably does have a lot of experience not being bothered by someone crying in front of him if he feels like it’s his fault. For people who don’t have the kind of brain that is averse to blame to an unhealthy degree it probably seems odd that he can just blow past it without much of a reaction. His reaction, however, is from an intense desire to not admit fault, or express guilt. You have probably encountered this exact kind of reaction in your daily life. Possibly regularly if you use social media at all. At the same time he’s not attempting to be mean, or double down. He’s trying to empathize in so far as he is capable. I think he genuinely likes Maddison in spite of her being a bit annoying and simple. On some level he’s also preparing himself for when she tells him they aren’t friends anymore, which will genuinely hurt him. Even if he never shows it he will feel the loss deeply and show it in ways that are maladaptive. The fact that Reggie describes her as already being a friend is likely an attempt to passively let her know that she has some value to him even though he hasn’t really processed that in a conscious way.
Then again maybe I don’t know anything about people and this is just a lot of nonsense. Either way, if you enjoy my possible nonsense you can support it via Patreon or Subscribestar via the links above. I would like that very much and am not ashamed to admit it.
Anyway, I hope you all have safe and pleasant weekends. I will see you on Monday hopefully.