@WithAnH I'm midway through it and holy shit, my emotions. Spoiler: This kills the Luca " Maybe they should stick together. It’s going to make the neurologist preferences hard to work out, since Hypothetical Phillip and Hypothetical Rain do not live in geographically contiguous regions, but honestly that’s the least of Newt’s problems, because Hermann has always been pretty up front about Newt annoying the crap out of him most of the time, so Newt’s not really sure how this life-partners proposal is going to go. Maybe it will go like: ‘Hey, so could you do me a favor and make sure I don’t destroy the world? Not that I’m worried.’ Maybe it will be: ‘Let’s go the academic route and apply for grant funding together.’ Or possibly he will say: ‘I need a roommate, man, because—yeah, I got nothing.’ Alternatively he could try: 'It’s your professional duty to make sure I’m not in neural continuity with the kaiju anteverse, just as it’s mine to make sure you’re not.’ Worst-case scenario, there’s a good chance that: ‘Please don’t leave me,’ would do the trick. "