On the Belfast Telegraph's website on Thursday morning I wrote; 'I detect a touch of choreography in the O'Neill/McDonald/Foster statements in the past few hours (and) it sounds to me like a door is being nudged open.'
Arlene Foster's response to Michelle O'Neill's statement regretting aspects of the Bobby Storey funeral was also nuanced enough for me to suggest she 'would probably welcome the opportunity for the Executive to look coherent and united at a crucial moment.'
A few hours later Foster and O'Neill confirmed my hunch by co-presenting their first joint press conference in 73 days.
I've been too long in the commentary game - as well as being preternaturally pessimistic by nature - to assume that all is rosy again, or that there are not more potholes, hurdles and surprises capable of destroying this latest outbreak of convenient consensus.
But I also know that if the Executive fails to keep it together and work collectively to respond to challenges - which can, I think, only be addressed and resolved collectively - then everyone, every single one of us, is screwed.
A united, coherent Executive is needed right now. Indeed, it has never been needed more. It is likely to be a very difficult few months during the cold, wet, dark days of autumn/winter - the traditional cold/flu/cough/sniffles season as well, with huge challenges for schools, businesses, the NHS and the economy.
It seems likely there will not be a vaccine this year, or even in the first few months of 2021; and while the overall death toll may remain modest in overall numbers, there is still the likelihood of tens of thousands of people contracting the virus and being off work for weeks. That could be a rolling problem for months.
That means huge economic/community/societal/funding challenges for every Executive department, not to mention the administrative arm of government - which could well be overwhelmed by the scale and nature of events.
So it is clearly not a time for internal spats, solo runs and a First and deputy First Minister not speaking to each other. The sense of confusion and crisis will grow if there isn't stability and joint purpose at the heart of government.
There would have been a temptation for Foster to let O'Neill swing for a while. After all, she had not used the word sorry in her comments to RTE on Wednesday evening; and while regret may be the next door neighbour of sorry, it is not quite the same thing.
Foster has also had a really uncomfortable few weeks as DUP leader and needed to be fairly confident that seeming overly conciliatory wouldn't add to the list of members and voters already annoyed by her.
O'Neill also had a problem. Using the 'sorry' word would have angered that republican base which does not think she did anything wrong, let alone anything which required an apology: the same base which would have been angry - and ignored her - had she asked mourners to stay away from the funeral, or appointed just one senior member to represent the party on the day. The fact they could not see the dangers of allowing commemoration to trump concerns about Covid-19 remains worryingly telling.
It is also worth noting that Boris Johnson's new bill - in which he seems to be trying to provide enough space for a fleet of horses and carriages to charge through his own Withdrawal Agreement - is causing difficulties for all of the Executive parties.
Mid-October is the present cut-off point for final decisions on a deal/no deal decision by the UK/EU negotiators; either way, the Executive needs to be united.
At some point in the last few days - and I don't think it was a longer process than that - Sinn Fein and the DUP reached the same conclusion: their joint best interests would be best served by presenting a united front. Not just their interests, either, but the entire Executive.
I am not expecting Foster and O'Neill to discover a new-found fondness for each other - not least because they both have significant wings of their voting bases who do not want it.
But if they can, at least, remain civil and focused on the same goals, it should make the challenges we all face a lot easier to address and resolve.
Even before Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill had finished their live-streamed Stormont press conference to announce new coronavirus restrictions, social media was humming with questions about what the new restrictions meant.