ah, thankyou! it went against my nature to avoid some tasks entirely in favor of the necessary ones, but i finally have my happy ending, and i got to rescue my damsel penguin!
...are affection and trust different? how does one gauge affection?
Affection is a hidden stat that is based on your choices.
You can generally gauge it based on whether you are getting the his pov sections or the occasional more romantic variations of scenes.