So here we are. He's finally realized what will have to happen. Now you see what the core of this plot is: two people meet, and they grow afraid to part. And both will have to think about this times and times again, for reasons that you now see, and for other reasons that you will see soon enough.
Thank you for reading this far. Next update is more lighthearted again, but now that this thought has been unleashed, there's no coming back.