Count me among those who love this touching and beautifully written piece. While reading this, it occurred to me that Dave failed to understand something. He was already in a relationship with you. It makes no sense to say, "I'm not looking for a relationship" when you're already intimately engaged. What he meant, apparently, was that he wasn't looking to make a commitment. You're well out of it, as you certainly know. And those of us who enjoy your stories have certainly benefited from this particularly lovely piece.