[WV swallows involuntarily again, then gives AR his best smile, which is looking a bit shaky right now actually]
If that is true, it does not mean that we still do not value you tremendously as a friend, AR.
[what a reassuring tidbit. He manages to give that a moment to settle in before his smile falters and he suddenly lurches to one side. After he catches his balance, he takes a couple steps backwards until he's against the bed and his knees can give out safely. They do so, and he leans forward, putting a paw to his scarred head.]