With a few exceptions early on, in which he'd sort of push me away, we've had a relatively low conflict relationship and kept drama to the minimum. We had a great routine of date nights every other weekend (he has his kids on alternating weekends), and back in November, he began spending at least one night a week at my house.
His first post-divorce holiday season was a bit rough, but he seemed happy to lean on me as needed. We spent NYE together. The whole week between NYE and the breakup, no red flags, no signs anything was brewing. We never had fights. We had maybe 2 or 3 disagreements but they were usually resolved fairly quickly.
We had plans for him to spend the night at my place Saturday night. He came over around 4:30, we watched football, went to dinner, went back to my place to watch a movie, had wine, went to bed. I will say he seemed a bit more affectionate than normal, but he knew I had been sad about losing my dog the week before. Sunday morning, still all normal. Woke up, kinda laid in bed for a bit, he sat next to me on the couch, rubbed my back. At one point he got up to brush his teeth, and that's when I noticed he was acting strange. He started pacing and looking agitated. He had just quit smoking for the new year. He'd only had one cigarette a day while at work last week, but Saturday was his first full day without a cigarette so I figured he was having some pretty big withdrawals by Sunday morning.
Then he asked to talk. and he told me he needed to be on his own, without me. After some emails, he said he does NOT want a clean cut from me, just a break.
Are all breaks "the end"? Or can we eventually reconcile?