Rating: NC-17 overall
Summary: It's too close; he's crumbling, and he can't stop the slide into this disaster.
A/N: Well hey, look! Less than two months! *grins* Though I was really hoping to get this out yesterday, sigh... But it's here now, and the writing process is starting to move a little faster as we draw closer to the end. Can't guarantee how fast the next chapter will post, but I'm already working on it, and the remaining chapters are fairly well planned, so we'll see how it goes. Massive appreciative thanks go once again to evil_whimsey, for putting up with my writer's neuroses and crazed emails on the subject, as well as her inspired essays on story structure. I couldn't do this without you, dear! *hugs*
It's like he doesn't even want to be happy anymore.
(crossposted to hell and back once again; apologies for spammage)