Gut feeling tells me something is not right, so I follow dup on that feeling and found that intuition was indeed correct.
While the answers I received were not full, it shows that there is an ever so subtle remorse in a choice that has been made which they feel they must stick with, simply down t the fear of being judged for getting it wrong and being blinded the extravagance of the moment.
The danger was in the gifts, no one is so selfless anymore, they were all diversion, something to put up a good front to hide what was really going on. Stormy seas are on the horizon, it begs the question who will pick up the pieces of floating wreckage this time.
Lifes harshest lessons are the ones we never see coming, or rather we refuse to see.