Darkside cares about me. He really does. I know him, and he knows me. He's reserved and restrained, and doesn't show half of what he feels, not even to me. And what he does show is genuine.
He cares. He really does.
And he's not used to having a friend who isn't running away. He's not that evil and prickly. He's a nicer guy than he makes himself out to be, or really believes himself...
And he cares about me.
He doesn't patch just anyone's shields without verbal notice. He doesn't spend more than five minutes on the phone with just anyone. Hell, he doesn't spend time on the phone with anyone. He handles business calls as quickly as possible... and half an hour of talking, between the two of us, is a short conversation. He doesn't touch people often at all. And whose hair does he push out of her eyes? Certainly not Dawn's. I doubt he's so casually demonstrative with his mother, though she probably gets more initiated hugs from him.
He cares about me.
I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around how very much it must be.