Darkside is life-friend too. He and I got along with each other on somewhat of a more reserved schedule (we are both exceedingly shy) but now the bond's there, and it's unlikely to be broken. Should we lose contact with each other, and then gain it again, we'll hug each other on sight and then resume conversation where we left off, more or less.
I have many friends like that.
I hope to never, ever, ever lose contact with Darkside. I can still feel him there... yow! What bit his morning? Poor dear, but I doubt now's the time to call him.