"You can't possibly be saying that, not only are you not ready to marry now, but also you don't foresee yourself ready in over a year's time? After a fair amount of it with little to no contact at all?"
He had to say it aloud, not for her to understand how ridiculous she was being, but for him to understand the real consequences of this relationship. He took a breath.
"This is a great opportunity for your career - however, I want to make it inexplicably clear that I can give you just as good opportunities without this entire 'leaving without contact' fiasco. I can hire the top healers in the country, in the continent even, and you can earn qualifications that way if you so desire. But waiting more than a year isn't possible. I have heard you out, but I'd like to put forth my ideals."
He leaned forward slightly.
"I plan to be married by the end of this year, and soon, I would like to start trying to children. I'm coming up thirty, and I need to get a move on to get my family line in progress. If you want to study alongside that, you're welcome to, I can provide that. But...I can't be waiting five years to start this."