"I can understand why that hurts." He sighed, and then went silent for a moment as he thought about those implications.
"You wouldn't go to Viola...but I think you would go to Zara, if you really needed to. Of course, you've come to me in this instance, but I don't think it would be unreasonable for you to go to Zara; why wouldn't you want advice or input from one of the only other people who have known you so intimately? With Ana? Well...er..."
He grimaced. It was definitely not so easy to explain, though he soon found an idea. Picking up his poetry book, he held it up to Levi.
"Okay, so I have been reading a lot of Lavender Gray recently, and here me out on this because I might just be excited about it and want to talk at length, but there is a point. So Gray has a lot of dark and dull poetry; they're emotive and provocative and jarring. In her darkest poetry, she manifests her feelings and thoughts into the forms of humans, or speaks to them as methods of closure, to help bandage the trauma she's been through. I think in a way...maybe Ana does the same but with actual people."
He put the book back down.
"What I mean is - Florian is a part of a huge chapter of her life; living in Germany, being away from her family and then reconnecting with them, overcoming near-death several times, and perhaps one of her most prominent break ups. As much as you perhaps don't want to recognise it, Florian has helped to shape the woman she is today. It might be the case that she hasn't yet found someone to help guide her here yet, and unfortunately, you can't be that person because that's where the arguments are."
"Believe me, Levi, life and death situations make people closer than anything I've seen before. People always look at me funny because I trust Dice - o I trust him with my feelings, affection, love, or best interest? Fuck, no. But I trust him with my life. She's never had a bond like that before, I'm sure, and hopefully will never have to again. But you also have to remember..."
He cleared his throat.
"Florian is perhaps her only friend completely away from you. You have a multitude of people to speak to regarding this issue, and that's great. But Ana has...nobody. Everybody she knows is through you. And although in the majority of ways it's backwards for her to take advice from an ex, she clearly went back there for a sense of comfort and familiarity, a reminder of what she once was and how far she's come. But...she also told you. I think that, had it been more sinister, she wouldn't have..."