Of course loyalty is in play. Principles. Ideals.
But what of conflicting loyalties? Which are the higher loyalties?
What of different principles that run to cross purposes?
When at these intersections of life, what shall we betray?
What loyalties and principles are inviolate?
Which are disposable?
Often the only way to choose is to move in the direction that hurts less.
Make that choice and live with the consequences.
Accept the pain along with the joy.
Such is life.