I'm having a small problem with the second line said by a character. (context: the two main protagonists came to look for someone, they reach this person's house, but is not there. The protagonists, very tired decide to wait near the outside. It becomes dark and the person they were looking still did not come back)
One of the characters says "Is he really not here?". I get the first line, but the second not so much.
First of all, this means 'except for here' or 'other than here' or 'aside from'. But, what does だと mean in this case? I read about it, but not sure if understand it well. (it can have the meanings of 'if' and 'when, right?)
Then, is it "If it's aside from here..."?
Then is the following part
"it's going to get pretty distant"...? I don't know just what is supposed to become that, I'm stumped, thus I'm kindly asking for opinions/interpretations. Thank you!