Martin's not talking about cheating, necessarily, but rather polyamory. Foreshadowing? Not the way you think it is, haha.
You'll either meet Hayden's wife in Chapter Six or, if you bought it, in the bonus content of Ignition Zero Vol. 1 ;)!
The words "We need to talk," are pretty infamously associated with bad things ahead, or at least a feeling of dread. How does that phrase make YOU feel?
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That phrase is permanently associated with awful things in my mind. Although it does feel great when someone says that, I get worried, and then they just want to talk about something random and silly.
AND WOOOO POLYAMORY.
That is how I react when I hear about friends close to my age being married, and I'm 23. To be fair, those friends would probably have a similar reaction if I were to tell them I've never even tried dating anyone.
Hayden is only 19! I was already wondering "why does a married man still work as a barrista at a coffeeshop, does that pay enough to support a family?", because I immediately associate "just married" with "somewhere in their thirties".
And "We need to talk" always sounds so serious! But I'm willing to give Hayden a chance, after all, he is the Summer Knight, right? He can't be, you know, malicious, or something.
"We need to talk/Can we talk" usually makes me preemptively break down crying since it usually means I screwed up somehow. Glad to see I'm not the only one here who doesn't like that phrase.
Whenever I hear "We need to talk," I always get curious, because people don't say that to me very often at all.
Oh to be young and married. I can see Hayden being a very devoted husband despite his youth. Plus when they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, they'll only be 68-9 ish, wow. At the rate I'm going, when I celebrate my 50th I'll be at least eighty. Science needs to figure out how to slow down telomeres so we can live longer and say "I've been married to you for a century!" muahah.
"We need to talk" automatically triggers the thought "Who died?" because that's the only time I've ever heard the phrase used.
Interesting diversity here on the "We need to talk" thing. For me it always brings up the idea of romantic break ups, actually!
@YV Yes, I usually make the same kind of associations! Hayden's in...an interesting situation, and he's compensated for his Knightly duties as well...although honestly his wife could cover it all herself, as you'll see!
@Cha You'd be right about the devotion, but only half right about the age thing ;D!