It is a small lie via omission. However, he knows he can't lie to her. Not b/c she will see right through him, which does and did IMO, but b/c I think part of him doesn't want to. He doesn't want to have to lie to her. I'm sure part of him wants her to help him but he doesn't want her to get hurt. Oh I loved your story SomewhereApart....you better update that one soon!!