I knew that Mystic was the mate for me from the moment that she called me to Eska those many months ago.
She still says that she has no idea how she “called” me, but her soul gave out such a high pitched scream that I literally could not ignore it. Her soul was in pain, seeking any form of comfort from the pain of rage, exhaustion, and deprivation of love and care.
I am the Soul Reaver, and I specialize in caring for souls. How could I possibly ignore one that was calling for me to come with such urgency?
It was the best decision of our lives, that day she summoned me to Eska. It saved both of us.
I spent every day learning more about her, and we grew closer each hour, each minute. Within only hours of meeting, we formed a full mating bond.
Now, I know some might think, “Rylen, that’s just insane. Seriously dude.”
But when you meet your mate…
You owe me an awesome snack for not giving you the little I-told-you-so speech.
Mystic and I spent every day together, and I found ways to surprise; a flower here, an addition to her gardens there. It saddened and pleased me simultaneously that no other male had ever attempted to woo her or gift her with things; saddened because she had no positive dating experiences before me, pleased that I could give her all of the proper firsts that she deserved.
First dance between lovers and mates.
And now… I wanted to give her something that would be her very first, and hopefully her only occasion.
I was going to propose to her.
It took me some months of thinking exactly how I would go about it…would I ask our son Merl to help me set something up? Would I ask the family to? Where should I do it? Should we have a romantic date before it? When should I ask her family’s permission to wed her? Was I being too old-fashioned? I knew she had an inkling that I wanted to propose to her, but I did my best to keep her in the dark.
Until today… It was my love’s birthday.
I picked today because it was an extremely special occasion; the first birthday in years that she was able to spend in peace and safety, surrounded by a HUGE family that wanted to shower her with gifts and love. Today I could give her new memories, the start of a new path for both of us, and a physical token of my eternal affection to her.
The ring that I had commissioned was crafted by my brother Kalo in utter secrecy. Not even his mate or babes had any idea that he was working on it, a pure miracle. I knew that he would take special care in his creation, as he was half Gaian and exceedingly talented at one of his many trades. He found only the very best of stones and precious metals to work with before he began, and he took time and great pride in cutting and shaping the stones before setting them. I asked for a ring as intricate and beautiful as my Neramur, and he more than rose to the task of crafting it.
After most of her presents had been opened, I led my love to a private bower that I had been working on for some time deep within the gardens; it was a quiet haven that I had designed for her to find peace, safety, and reflection if she so desired. I knew she loved flowers and all sorts of green and growing things, so I created a garden within the bower composed entirely of her favorites, but made of living gemstones. The only requirement the flowers had for growth was love…
We spoke for what seemed like hours, sharing kisses and laying in the warmth of the afternoon on the ground. I held her in my arms, purring deeply and kissing her once more. Balancing her against my body in one arm, my hand other retrieved a box from my pocket with a ring. White gold and yellow gold entwined in a band, the top being set with a sapphire, a turquoise diamond, and an amethyst. I slipped it onto her ring finger with a soft purr.
“I love you with everything that I am Star Mystic Malek Silvermane. Will you marry me?”
I felt Mystic's heart stutter in her chest and she stopped breathing. Tears begin rolling down her cheek and she nodded, and in every language she knew, even some she didn’t fully know she said yes. The words tumbling out of her mouth at lightning speed!
I kissed her soundly, purring deeply against her lips.
Our match was officially made.