Boris and Ashley had spoken aimlessly for a while, but both felt the conversation moving to a more serious mood. At least, both thought so- it was hard to gauge these things over the phone. Finally, Boris got tired of beating around the bush and said what he was thinking: "Do you feel like there's something in the way of our relationship?"
She thought for a moment, but only for effect. "The distance doesn't help," she said. "Or the fact that we're both so busy."
Boris thought. but did not say, Those are exactly the two things standing in the way of my relationship with Joan of Arc, too.