Wow. That was.... Seriously. How the hell do you write like that? It's AMAZING!
Life sucks. I'll say that. What happened to you two is, is, is... heartwrenching. You are BOTH amazing authors and I feel really sorry for you. And anyway, life has its way of screwing up lives. Mine and my families is a massive example.
So, er, tell Ben that somewhere in Dubai, an Australian girl called Claire says hi. And that he's an amazing author.