Suddenly, they were friends, sitting by the fire together, talking about their troubles, and sometimes even had a laugh or two. She notices him when others didn't, and didn't notice others when she noticed him. Sometimes it made him smile when nobody was looking, except for maybe his cat (though after the little incident with her turning human, she too was added to the emotional blacklist more often than not.)
But still, she was so far away from him, not seeming to notice herself get farther away. It still hurt. He was still trapped.
But he'd made his own chains.