And this second chapter manages to make me bawl. I think it's lighthearted, simple, yet is able to bring out the emotions it is supposed to convey. Roman hesitating to connect with Makeda because of various, personal reasons really speaks for himself in his second life; seeking security, playing safe. The fact that he even decides to do approach Makeda at all--with Da Vinci's and Merlin's (unintentional) push!--makes my heart warm. Thank you for this chapter!