mikeymikes, I wrote a story about this and here are some excerpts:
This is from a fairy tale, A Ribbon Of Beauty (I write them for children and grown-ups).
Frank dates Janice, who his friends find ugly.
" She was like him, when he was younger, terrified of the very people called friends, in their power to reject him out of hand, afraid of the lonely passages of time that one imagined would follow."
"When Janice smiled, the motion was beguiling. Her lips curved with a grace he caught himself thinking was secretly, exclusively his to observe"
...and the friends:
"Their combined expressions of wary sympathy, as though her appearance was as debilitating as a missing limb, didn’t pierce, didn’t hurt now."
"The evening passed languidly in the currents of Janice and Frank’s sudden confidence. They laughed at each others’ lame jokes. They became engrossed in each others’ tame pastimes. To everyone else at the table, the couple with them exuded a peculiar excitement over the mundane, so they sparred with each other instead with witty remarks and sophisticated conversation, leaving Frank and Janice to their own devices. Neither of them noticed, nor perhaps, anyone else, that it was they that spurned their friends. "
You're experiencing a powerful magic as old as the human race. Delightfully, none can steal this from you, unless you let them.