There is only one load in this circuit, so it can’t be in parallel.
Don’t overcomplicate this scenario.
We have one load on an L1-L2 circuit. It is verified to have continuity (it is not faulty).
There is some voltage present, yet we measure no voltage drop across the element. This tells us we don’t have a complete circuit. There is an open somewhere. We know it isn’t the element, so that means it is on the L1 or the L2 side.
A few posts ago, you said, “The fact that Neutral is getting both 120V from each side tells us the L1 and L2 are delivering the correct amount of current to that one area.”
Do you still think that is correct?