She always knew that he would have to leave eventually. After the incident with Roger, Kate felt herself lose faith in everything and everyone around her. Even Laura was difficult to tolerate, being so very lost in her upcoming nuptials. The only person she could talk to was Richard, who soothed her fears with increasing regularity, guarded her secrets- his secrets- with care, and held her hand sometimes when she was lonely. So when he left, though she knew it would happen, she was devastated. She sat at their old spot in the park stared blankly at the sky. She called once, a complete mess, and begged him to come back. She agonized for a week, then a month, then a year.