"Disembarked with gusto." Nice. Really enjoyed the economy of your writing, the deft and swift way you let us know their context, their different and characteristic reasons for not approaching each other earlier, and the awkward sweetness of the moment when they clear things up.
Ah, thank you so much! --Especially for the 'economy of writing' comment because I've been thinking a lot lately about some stories a friend of mine wrote years ago, and her style was always tight. Whatever worked was definitely helped by channeling her. :)