~Harold was cute~ Harold is always cute!!! Even when he's furious ^_^ The only thing I'm suspicious of (for now) is Harold calling Root 'Root'. But I loathe 'victim and abuser become friends' trop so much that it has made me too paranoid
I personally think that Harold uses the Ms. Groves thing to separate ROOT his abuser from this person Harold has to work with.
In this context he called her Root because he did not need that distancing. She was trying to save them so…Harold could see her in a role other than torturer.
Yes, I do not want a Stockholm thing happening with Harold and Root Especially not without her atoning for her sins. We must forgive only if the person truly repents and makes amends or our own recovery makes it necessary. Forgiveness is not automatic. Second chances are earned but only after they acknowledge their past misdeeds with true and , heartfelt repentance.