I was watering on the patio this morning and I like to pull off dead parts of the plants while I'm out there now that I'm working all the time, and I noticed when I pulled a particularly brown/dead leaf/stem off of the main vine that there were worms in it. I don't know if they were cucumber beetle larvae or wireworms or something else. They were kind of far up. In any case, I was worried about them migrating down to the main stem and killing the plant, so I looked over to see how far that part of the vine went and it only looked like on of the dead end vines (the plant has dropped all of its fruit but one, so I consider them dead ends). So I grabbed my shears and cut the vine, and right as I did, I pulled on it and noticed it didn't give as much as it should, because of course it was the main vine growing up to my only fruit which is woven all around the stakes.
I did my best to bury the part that I cut. It had root nodes, although now that I think about it, I may have also buried the worms. Augh... anyway, I'm pretty heartbroken. Here are some photos. I know that even if the main stem roots again, it's too late for the fruit (and too late to grow any more). Do you think the fruit looks far enough along that maybe it could finish up on the counter?