"Her rational brain slowly woke up from the woodsy coma"
I feel it necessary to add to that sentence.
Her rational brain slowly woke up from the woodsy coma and nose-dived off of a cliff...straight into the land of make believe and nonsense.
Okay so she has a misconception that this is still a fling for him. That he is a nomad (which I agree he is). That M is still his girlfriend. And that this is some sort of plan he is concocting against her.
Her thoughts are totally correct from her perspective because he hasn't said anything that would make her think otherwise.
But as a reader, I literally had a *face palm* moment when I read that.
Good job Nish! You pulled off this dhamaka with quite a finesse! Waiting eagerly to see what she does now as well his reaction to this latest development. I have a feeling he's going to run away from the situation rather than face it head-on given that he has in the past chosen to go that route. But what do I know?