"Anytime he went to say “I’m not into girls” or “if I had a secret anything it would be a secret boyfriend” he froze. Watching people get executed for loving someone at a young age stuck with you. He also didn’t want to have another thing setting him apart from everyone else. He just wanted to be... normal... For once."
OR: Damian figures he's going to spend forever alone until a random guy gets them kicked out of the library.
Damian had never thought of his upbringing as anything less than a gift.
The broken bones, the sweat, the blood, the tears... they were all worth it to have been so well trained. And he was grateful to his mother for having made sure he was so prepared.
But he was sixteen now...
And he was starting to feel differently...
AKA- It isn't till Damian is sixteen that the effects of his childhood really start to catch up with him and he begins to realize that Talia didn't always have his best interest at heart.
"Damian had never been insecure about his appearance. In fact, he’d always been confident and self-assured. But recently he found himself pausing in front of mirrors and staring at his reflection in disgust."
AKA Damian develops anorexia when he starts to hit puberty and no one really notices until something drastic happens.