The more time they spent together, the more Tanner seemed to be opening up. Keith supposed that was probably true for himself, too. He knew he wasn't the most social guy ever, but he also knew he was really opening up to Tanner, just as Tanner seemed to be to him. So when Tanner seemed to lighten up enough to even be a bit silly, Keith fully approved, and smiled once more to convey that. He seemed to be smiling much more than normal around this young man, actually. "Anyway, I'd probably just end up going around after her trying to heal her victims. It would never work out."
Tanner just kept impressing Keith more and more, really. The young man was so kind, and, with the life he'd had, it wouldn't have been all that surprising if he'd turned out quite differently. "Honesty is important. Not telling unnecessary truths that will just hurt people but when it's important. I think lying about who you're dating is harmful to everyone." He nodded, because Tanner seemed to get it. "It's nothing to be ashamed of, no matter what people say."
"I don't think I'm the only one who's sweet. But I assure you, many people have stated that I am cold, remote, and too logical." He thought it was a lot to do with shyness, but he wasn't sure. Sometimes he'd thought that they were right, that he was just hard to get along with. "But thank you, again. You're good for my ego." For a moment or two, he simply busied himself with eating, thinking things through very carefully.
Finally, after a few minutes had passed, he took a sip from his water glass and started speaking. "Tanner, I don't know you very well, but from what I know of you, you'd make a better boyfriend than both of my previous ones put together." There. That, hopefully, wouldn't scare Tanner too badly, and it was definitely true, too.