"One sight of her and his abyss found light."
Such a gorgeous line, Rae.
I haven't read any of your work since December. And I had forgotten how in all your work there is this thread of sweet pain. Ouch. I could feel the turmoil within her as he approaches her---she is trying so hard to appear unaffected and gathered---while her heart must have been aching.
Also like the way you switched point of view. Nicely done.
Will look forward to seeing where this goes.
And thank you for the PM.