The stars couldn't hold any joy for Lem since Chuck left. Every night, when the twinkling lights filled his eyes and he remembered the human's words, he had to look away before the tears spilled over. Space had stolen his only love; he knew he had been blind to his feelings, but now he couldn't see past them.
His relationship with Neera hadn't lasted. She'd seen it before he did, told him that he'd never be past the excitement.
And every night he stared at the night sky, dreaming of Chuck's arms around him, crying himself to sleep.