I think Paul is maybe shocked that this little part of himself that suspected was actually right. He probably ran all the possible scenarios through his head all this time as to why Tory was so interested in Colin and love was probably in the mix but with a very low probability :)
I am a ninja when it comes to Off*beat. Even waiting all this time I haven’t lost interest <3
BTW: in the useless info department, I think this is the first chapter without Colin actually in it (aptly titled “Absence”). What’s funny is the Mandy/Tory dynamic which ruled this chapter was very cool and it had a totally different feel than any other chapter in the series.