Merle is trying to figure his life out and I respect him for that. Sometimes it’s a rollercoaster and other times it’s a damn bungie jump. He starts this friends with benefits relationship with Tom after he is saved but there’s this part of him that wants more. Tom is also interested in getting this thing with Merle to the next level but because of heartbreaking past he’s hesitant. Tom is a gentle giant type but I felt like sometimes he is portrayed as almost mentally slow. It is really strange how the character kept fluctuating. His dialogue or thoughts or actions aren’t consistent. Tom and Merle’s romance is beautiful and I really enjoyed this story!