Date: 12 Sep 2011 14:55 Title: New Year, Old Feelings
You have a very good take here on that very particular species of regret - the ole "one that got away". I suspect that the cure, in real life, is either a true forever relationship (e. g. a better, truer companion) or to reunite with the, er, lost fish, as it were. But this is Trek, so you can conjure up other things, of course.
Plus New Year's is a traditional time, not only for dates (the old midnight kiss to seal the deal and start the new year off), but for introspection. And Hank's got that in spades, I see.
Don't torture him forever!
Date: 11 Sep 2011 00:17 Title: New Year, Old Feelings
Poor Hank. Tortured by his own feelings, looking for love and dating girl and untimately ruining his every date, since he knows she's not the One.
A lot of regret and hopelessness. He's certain that it's too late and only looks back to brood over what he's lost. I wonder if he even tries to give any chance to his dates, or unconsciously compares them to Bethany and they always lose in that comparison, because they, naturally, are not Bethany. Hank seems a nice guy, so I can't see a reason why every girl would reject him, unless he does something to push them away. Of course, some girls would not be interested, but some might if not the blue shadow with antennae clouding his mind.
If I didn't know how it'll play (at least in some universe-reality), I'd wish him to free himself from that shadow and give himseld a chance. He longs for having 'the other half,' he doesn't feel comfortable being a single and he doesn't want it. And is unable to find a way to successfully change it.