this is why we can’t have nice things
This is the exact thought process and interaction between a writer and their readers
As a writer, I can vouch that we can be extremely sadistic towards our characters. The characters we love the most? We punish them for existing. The author’s personal favourites are the ones who go through all kinds of unspeakable hell.
The bright side of all that? Mark loves Dark and Will just as much as we do, if not more so.