Rating: NC-17 overall
Summary: It's too close; he's crumbling, and he can't stop the slide into this disaster.
A/N: Good grief, it's been forever, hasn't it? But my horrible move and this chapter are finally complete, and don't I just feel like cheering! Very long one, too, even longer than the last one, so that's part of the reason it took so long to complete. And as always, I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to evil_whimsey for being a superlative beta, my constant cheerleader, and a paragon of patience as I whined and cried and bitched about the writing process. But I'll shut up now; I'm sure you're more interested in reading than listening to my blather. Sorry about the wait- I hope it won't be so long before the next one's ready!
He understands that silent suffering all too well.
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