In my novel, there are two characters that eventually get well acquainted and start dating. The problem is, most of their encounters have been awkward because I don't know how to end the awkwardness between them (awkwardness necessarily in the plot). They both like each other but neither know it. I am having trouble thinking of an event or shift to get them closer. A sort of "ice breaker" if you will. Girl is shy and has a physical ailment (cutting) that makes her anxious all the time. She is always conscious about whether her wrists will be exposed. She struggles with this problem which makes it difficult for her to be around men. She is always guarding herself. Him: Typical novel romantic. I need an event or shift that will get them a bit closer (without her revealing her problem to him). Maybe from your personal experiences, what helped break the ice and take the relationship to the next step? Was it humor? A specific event? Something they said? Thanks so much!