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Inara's told Mal she's leaving Serenity. She should be making arrangements to leave, but instead she. . .isn't.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.
—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.
--"One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop
Rodney had lost too many people he loved or cared about over the years. He was not prepared to lose Elizabeth too, even if that meant hiding his actions while he saved her.