"Shall I attempt to take you back to Romulus, now?" Peter asked.
I nodded, unable to form a sentence from a combination of my anticipation and the fact I didn't really know what to say.
"Thank you," I whispered as he stood up and took my hand.
I rose to my feet and watched Peter's look of concentration. After a few minutes, he sighed, releasing my hand "He's still locked us out."
I frowned. "But we could be stuck here for days. And I've made up my mind now."
"He can't sense it. Hm, I wonder." Peter suddenly looked thoughtful. "Maybe I could contact Serra."
"Serra?" I asked, confused.
"Yeah, she's a seraph I know."
"You know a seraph?" I asked, amazed.
Peter grinned at my expression. "Yes. She saved my life once. We've been firm friends ever since."
"Wow," I murmured.
"Anyway, I'll just see if I can contact her telepathically. I'm sure it works trans-dimensionally."
He closed his eyes and looked incredibly focused for about ten minutes.
When he opened his eyes, he smiled. "She'll override Romulus's lock so we can teleport over."
I smiled. "Brilliant."
And sure enough, when Peter tried again, I was successfully transported to Asteria. We were standing outside Romulus's cave.
"He's inside," Peter whispered. He stroked my hair and gazed at me intently. "I guess I'll see you around, Tilly."
"I'll make sure of it," I said.
He laughed quietly.
"Bye then," he whispered, briefly kissing the top of my hair.
"Bye," I whispered back.
"I'll always love you," he told me. "If you need anyone to talk to, or anything at all..."
"I know to come to you," I interrupted. "It's been really nice knowing you, Peter, and I'm sorry for all this pain I've caused you. I hope you find someone."
Peter smiled. "Thanks Tilly." And with that, he walked into his own cave.
I sighed and confidently strode into Romulus's cave.
"Hey you," I said.
Romulus had been lying on his bed rugs, staring silently at the wall of his cave. He jumped at the sound of my voice and instantly rolled over and sat up.
"Tilly?" he asked, bewildered.
"Yes. Now you just come here, mister." I pointed at the ground directly in front of me.
Romulus hastily stood up and walked over to me. He looked startled and hopeful.
"I've got something to discuss with you," I said, keeping the overwhelming excitement currently flooding through me at bay.
"Yes?" he asked, reminding me of a puppy in great anticipation of something like food or a treat.
"I need to know something first. D'you love me?"
"Of course I do, Tilly. Really and truly. Heaven knows how it happened to me of all people but I'm certain of my feelings for you."
"Then what I wanted to discuss with you," I said, finally allowing myself not just to smile but to beam and let happiness fill all of my feaures, "is this intertwining of Fates."
Romulus stared at me and then broke out into a huge grin. But very quickly, his expression became serious and intense.
"Tilly," he said gravely.
"Yes?" I asked, my heart quickening at the darkening of his navy blue eyes.
"We've got something much, much more important to do than that first."
"What?" I whispered.
He held my waist and leant in to kiss me with a dizzying passion. My heart somersaulted as my knees grew weak and raced as my blood coursed energetically through my veins. Shivers ran down the length of my spine: thrilling chills of pleasure and desire. I felt like I was soaring, yet falling rapidly. Melting, blurring, yet intensified - as if a dozen electric chargers were simultaneously shocking me. Drowning yet being set on fire and awakening from a deep sleep. My very soul seemed to quiver as my nerve endings tingled and I allowed Romulus to evoke dark joy from me. My fingers tangled in his soft hair, caressed his smooth skin and occasionally brushed against the fur of the rugs that either he had pulled me down or we had fallen onto. He whispered in my ear, between kisses and tender nips, sweet words of a sensuous quality. Eveything that happened was sensation and everything felt was sensational.
It was an experience for all of my senses and I never wanted it to end. But as surely as night is followed by day, the storm was followed by calm. The bliss I had been immersed in, the dark caves I had been swallowed up in, the black skies I had been engulfed in all faded away. My only consolation was that Romulus would gladly treat me to the feeling again.
As we lay there, catching our breaths, he murmured "You're going to be the perfect soulmate."