I’ve been where this guy was, assuming I was innately unlovable and undesirable. These days, lots of women flirt with me because I’m pretty damn hot. It used to be very, very different, though. I’ve sometimes not realized a woman was flirting with me until years after it happened. Being bullied and treated like trash growing up will do that to you. You just learn to assume anyone being obviously nice to you or flirting with you is trying to trick you, to hurt you, to bait you into doing something that shows vulnerability. Most of the time, you just don’t notice at all.
Yeah, been there. Good for both of them.