The new pattern is week-on/week-off for R. That means getting the hang of being on my own for one week, then together the next. It suits our relationship well, as we’re definitely two individuals whose identities aren’t dependent on the other. But it also means the trick of not falling into weird solo habits that disrupt the together weeks.
Lyra seems the most disrupted by it so far, which is expected for a literal Dog Brain. Him gone is forever. Him back is forever. The excitement on finding out gone has turned into back is nigh-uncontainable. I can relate, but I can also respect the joy that is the dream job that requires the gone part.