I got a call from The Agent on Saturday, saying that the house has four owners (parents and kids) and that it would be Monday until I heard anything. I am the first offer on the table, but I did stress that my offer was to be short-lived. I want a contract by this week or off I go. Don't know if that helps me or hurts me, but that's how I plan to proceed.
Bick was, as usual, incredibly supportive and very happy for me, so telling him wasn't difficult. If the news created a pang for him, he didn't let on. I guess I wanted to hear a bit of "we can make this work", but I didn't. I just need to look at actions, anyway. He's sober and we enjoy spending time together as friends. The rest of it, if there is a rest of it, will take care of itself in due time. We may end up hurting one another some time in the future, but I know that it will be without malice.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Know when to set limits.