I awoke to find Tony gazing down at me. I saw pure love in his eyes and this was gratifying yet bewildering. Part of me still could not believe the effect on Tony's heart I had when the effect he had on mine was so amazing. Oh, how I longed to thank him in the only way I could see to be equalising.
"Morning," he murmured, stroking my cheek.
I smiled faintly, still slightly dejected about the topic of giving my soul.
"Please don't be sad anymore," he said, capturing my heart and melting it as he gazed into my eyes. Out of the corner of them, I saw his fist open. Upon his palm lay a ring made of gold.
"I will promise you something," Tony said.
My heart began racing as I grew excited. I would never admit this to anyone but I secretly hoped he was going to ask for my hand. Of course a girl never expects such things because that would not be proper, but I did long for us to be joined in sacred wondrous matrimony.
"Rings are of significant importance and symbolism to humans, I know. They signify something of a ... bondage, yes?"
He was talking about bonding! How romantic... I longed even more to give him my soul.
He took my hand in his, making me feel weak yet brilliantly content and like my heart was stronger than the pull of those mysterious rocks which attracted iron, and slid the ring down the length of one of my fingers, as delicately as if he were handling the fragile jewels of Her Majesty's grand collection.
"But this is not any ordinary ring - it is not just a symbol. It is more. By this, whenever I am not around, you shall feel my presence. For inside it lies a piece of... myself."
I was filled with awe at the thought. How fascinating...
"And in your other hand, you will find an identical ring. If you decide to bestow it upon me, you shall have some of your wish to bind a piece of us together."
Wonderstruck and completely in love with Tony as I was, I quickly put the ring in my own hand on his finger.
"And by this, I promise that one day, sometime in the future, we will be able to bind to one another completely and wholly." This filled my heart with such pleasure that I thought I would explode.
I kissed Tony, loving him more than ever before, positively euphoric as I hadn't been since that first time I had met him.
I felt the light tendrils at the edges of our souls caress each other and intertwine. I felt myself pushing my soul forwards and away from me, like an offering to a deity. This was one offering I greatly desired to give.
But still, you must keep your promise to me-for now, he thought in our connected minds.
I pulled back a little, dissatisfaction and sadness now being conveyed amidst the elation and love.
We broke away, but now our souls were linked, never to be parted again. We were like two parts of the same entity, two limbs, always to co-operate each other to produce a desired effect.
Suddenly, I heard footsteps in the hallway. My mother! Though our actions last night had been innocent enough, my mother would surely interpret Tony's presence in my room wrongly.
"It's my mom," I told the love of my life, the rightful owner of my soul. "You need to go."
"Goodbye," Tony whispered, lightly brushing his lips against mine. "I will return as soon as I can."
"You promise?" I asked.
"I swear!" he replied, and there was undeniable earnestness in his eyes.
I was in a daze for the rest of that morning. Lost in the dream that was my beautiful reality. When I saw Tony after lunch, the dream exploded and euphoria and love floated in the air around us.
"I love you," I told him sincerely, and then repeated it for emphasis and to show how much I loved him. "I love you."