"What a strange situation to be in, Harald thought. The two of them, both wanting the same woman, both unwilling to allow her to be hurt, both having been involved in the worst thing ever to happen to her. The two of them friends, unwilling to hurt each other. And all three using the others for their own reasons. How could this turn out well?"
~p. 100 from "A Storm of Pleasure" by Terri Brisbin
Oh geez, what a mess! They really are in a pickle now, aren't they?