Writing in first-person, past tense. The female MC is fuming over something the male MC did, but I'm having a total brain fart and can't tell which it should be:

How dare he return after so long? How dare he kiss me like that, only to regret it?

Vs:

How dared he return after so long? How dared he kiss me like that, only to regret it?


It's part of the narration, not italicized thoughts, if that makes a difference. I keep thinking it should be "dare," because that sounds better, but then I think, "dared" is past tense, right?