Well, that's part of what I mean about "sensitive mode" -- she can do it, as in she has the knowledge, she just generally operates from a position that you should say what you mean and mean what you say, and she doesn't enjoy always monitoring for little glances and hurt feelings. She can, just prefers not to, and has to switch from her default mode to go there.
(Meanwhile, as of right now, things have improved greatly. They were able to walk the last stretch to school together, before C was around, and that laid some groundwork. Among other things, turns out that yes, Kay's mom had been giving her some ahem advice, based on a not totally accurate understanding of the situation. Kay realized that things had gone too far, and understands that sozlet does
still like her and is
allowed to have other friends. Hopefully she'll come over tomorrow after school, we'll see. Fingers crossed.)