I apologize if this is a silly question but can ければ be used to simply link two verbs (as in, "and")? It doesn't make much sense (or does it?) in the following sentence for "to scream angrily" making the person to "follow/cling to" to the narrator, that is: "(he) was in the state as if he wanted to say something (but) Shinji didn't shout and didn't follow" as opposed to "didn't shout, so didn't follow me"?
Couldn't it simply be replaced here by ...怒鳴る事もなくて追いすがってくる事...?
Have I completely misunderstood the sentence?