After Jane’s initial anger and resentment towards the marriage subsides she begins to fall into a state of depression where she avoids her husband and lays around in the room with all the preserved heads of her friends and family.
She doesn’t have the energy or enthusiasm to dress herself, she goes for long periods of time without eating only to gorge herself when she reaches her breaking point.
Jane sleeps for most of the day trying to dream of a better time and place, but it’s always restless and nightmarish.
All the while Caliborn begins to understand that something isn’t right and that humans aren’t made to be alone, their race is heavily dependent on interactions between one another (unlike his own).
In the beginning he was glad that Jane had been so hateful and violent towards him, the constant strife kept him from remembering that they were the last living organisms alive in radius to the sun.
He liked that they kept the balance of animosity towards another, in a sense it left him satisfied that he could use his natural instincts in the courtship process, but as Jane begins to ‘lose the bite’ to her appeal, he begins to feel that he might have done something wrong.
Caliborn tries to put himself through the ‘depraved’ stylings of human courtship, but these tactics fail just as badly as the caliginous type.
So he begins to invite himself into her space just to stave off the loneliness all around them and little by little she begins to notice when he’s around.
In the mornings he helps her get dressed (she draws the line at him helping her to wash up, but he stays by the door). He brushes her hair that has matted into a rats nest. Invites her to have sweets with him or if she’s feeling a bit snippy to ‘CONSuME THE FLESH OF MEAT ANIMALS’, which may or may not make her laugh.
Little by little she begins to get used to her life (sometimes she cries when she’s by herself). They also begin to physically bump into one another every few days, neither of them think to get around this problem because it helps them remember that they still have to be there for each other. If either of them died or went away the other would be at the epitome of loneliness and would have no one to look towards for comfort besides those who had died decades ago.
For those who were curious about how this whole story ends, it’s opened ended with a life changing decision being presented to the heroine in her state of acceptance.
In a state of weakness Caliborn writes (a poorly written) letter with the details of a carefully calculated plan regarding Jane and her immortal/death proof state that scratch cursed her with and how she can get it removed. Written within the letter he tells her not to mention the plan to his present person because it would cause a temporal conflict and to sit in his cloak closet at a certain time and date. This deal is a one time offer.
If she complies with his orders he will return her to a time where scratch hadn’t killed condy and left jane to accept the spoils of her conquest with the condition that she would have the memories of the centuries that she had spent with him. Unknown to Jane this option leads her on the path towards having to slaughter her husband and the death of a mortal life.
The second option of not accepting the proposal changes her opinion of her husband in a slight way, nothing drastic, but all together makes her feel odd about the way their relationship runs and how it will run until the end of time.
The third option is only applicable if Jane decides to completely ignore the letter and continue to go on without knowing the choice that she had had. This results in Caliborn, being married for over a millenia,suddenly telling his wife that if she wanted she could have taken off the ring to die from the point where she saw the letter and that she was free to go if she wished.
All of these options result in the same answer.