Michael and Richard have got it bad at the moment, although not with each other. Both are in that crazy stage of the early days of something that might be a relationship, might be "the big one" but it's far too close to call and they're both afraid of seeming too needy. Is it love? Is it infatuation, twisted in to love by the need - the perceived need at any rate - to have someone to love, to hold squeeze tease and please?
Both have found something more than a one-night stand. They have someone worth hanging on to if only for that fact. But... I think that I've just realised that I don't believe in love at first sight. Love creeps up on you and suddenly whacks you over the head when you realise that the other person is more important to you than you realised. Love grows, and fills the gap that lies between dreams and reality. Love is a sickness, and its cure.
Coda: One man is apart from his lover and feels the gap in his life where his lover should be. Another man is apart from his lover and feels the fullness in his heart where his lover remains.