The thing about being in new relationships is that you often have to learn through discovery what triggers someone. $6 Million and I think somewhat alike (scary, I know), in that we agree that men and women that are friends either should be or want to be lovers. In my case, I can be friends with a guy for a while and then have a random, rare collision with them, then go back to being friends. A few times I've become lovers with someone, then realized we would have no future together, and then we end up being good friends for years. That one is always fun -- you can watch the parade of new relationships come and go and imagine why they dissolve. Because of this, um, trend in my life, I generally ask my friends if they've slept with their friends. Like, if someone mentions a person of the opposite sex often enough, I'll just come right out and ask -- if they're straight, of course. When you as a lover this, it can be perceived as jealousy. But honestly, I'm not jealous. Just curious if other people have the same experience as I do, and end up making lovers out of their friends, or friends out of lovers.
Some people will take their lovers' names with them to the grave. They can and will deny up and down ever colliding with someone or another. But other people end up telling you waaaay too many details. Where's the happy medium? I find the best method is to never ask a question you don't want to know the answer to, and that asking is the only way you're going to find out anything interesting (except in the cases of the constant blabber).
When I asked Styles if he had ever dated one of his very close girlfriends, he said no, but she had slept over a few times. That makes me wonder -- same-sex non-sexual sleepovers? -- but I accepted what he told me. What choice do I have, right? And when I asked Funhouse if he had ever slept with his female friend he's known for forever and who leaves him short funny messages on his answering machine, he freaked. OUT. Was I jealous? I'm the one with the harem. What, did I not trust him? Was he not allowed to have female friends? And yes, he had, once. Was he not allowed to talk to her again? Was I going to hate her? To answer his questions in order, no; yes, I do; yes, he is; and no, I was not. I just wanted to know. That's it. And the only way I would have found out was by asking.
Dr. Thora comes back into her lab and asks why isn't $6 Million's shirt off. And if he asks why her shirt isn't off, she'll stab him with a scalpel. $6 Million takes Dr. Thora's lab report and tears it up. She must have not read it before entering the room, 'cause she protests weakly and asks that he not destroy stuff. Then Leader comes in and asks if $6 Million is ready to go, and "Jake? This one is by the book." Jake goggles his eyes at her and is all, spoilsport. I mean, yes, Tankbuster, ma'am.