Sevry: I had been searching for a very long time for a magical talisman that would help me restore my destroyed land, Savaru. I was carrying out the search through magical means that I’m not at liberty to describe when I saw her. We actually met in person some months later when I took refuge from a storm at her father’s house.
Lucie: He’s never told me exactly what he was doing when we saw each other by magic. I guess he can’t, or isn’t supposed to. And then it was a huge surprise when he showed up at my father’s house! I’d never imagined I’d really get to meet him in person.
2. What was the first thing you noticed about the other person?
L: He wasn’t wearing very many clothes – I don’t mean like that! [blushes] I mean, I noticed how many scars he has, and wondered how hard his life must have been, for him to have that many scars.
S: I noticed her hair, curls of fire and copper glowing in the sun. And I noticed that she was wearing the talisman I was looking for on a chain around her neck.
L: Now, dear, that isn’t all you noticed, is it?
S: [blushes] Well, um, I did also happen to notice that the neckline of her dress was fairly low-cut and that she had a fine figure… But the talisman. That was the important thing.
3. Did you know when you met that you would end up together?
S: No. My options for my life were severely limited by the duty I’d been given, to find the talisman that would restore Savaru to life. Falling in love and marrying were not among those options.
L: I was engaged to someone else at the time, so, no.
4. What do you like best about the other person?
L: He treats me with kindness and respect, and even though he’s had such a hard life he’s still determined to always do the right thing. And he’s very handsome and has a beautiful singing voice and tells wonderful stories from Savaru from long ago.
S: I love her voice, and how she sings the old songs from Savaru that she’s learned. And the way she makes me feel young and hopeful again. And her courage and gentleness.
5. What is something you enjoy doing together? (Besides the obvious!)
L: We both love music, so we like to sing together.
S: And she’s teaching me how to play the lute. I wanted to become a bard when I was a child, but the war prevented it. So now she’s helping my dream to finally come true.
6. How has the other person changed you?
S: She made me feel loved, and gave me something to love and live for besides Savaru.
L: He helped me learn to see beyond myself and my own little world, and to have courage to do the right thing even when it’s hard.
7. What are the biggest differences between you? How important are these differences?
S: Well, there’s the age difference. I’m considerably older than I look.
L: Although, when the difference is more than a few hundred years, I don’t think it really matters any more.
S: If the difference in our ages doesn’t bother her, it doesn’t bother me.
L: He also had a very hard life, and I had a very easy life up until I met him and things… happened. We saw the world in very different ways and our priorities were very different because of that. But I think what happened is he took the good things from his hard life and I took the good things from my easy life and we put them together to make our new life better. Does that make any sense?
8. What do the two of you have in common?
S: We both love music.
L: And we both want to make Savaru a beautiful place to live again.
9. What does your family think of your partner, and what do you think of your partner’s family?
L: My brothers didn’t like Sevry at first, because my fiance at the time was a good friend of theirs. But then Estefan showed his true colors, and my brothers realized that Sevry was much better for me. Now they like him very much. My father, he just wants me to be happy, so whatever makes me happy is fine with him. I think he thinks well of Sevry, too. As for my grandmama…
S: Lucie and I are actually distantly related, and her grandmother is my closest living relative. Lady Lillia didn’t think much of me at first, because I was trying to take Lucie away from her secure, comfortable life and the good marriage that was planned for her.
L: I think grandmama has finally come around, though. She lets Sevry call her “cousin.”
10. What role does magic play in your relationship?
S: It was through magic that we were able to find each other across time and space.
L: [sighs] Isn’t that romantic?
11. What are your plans for the future?
S: Raising our family, and restoring Savaru to the beautiful, prosperous land it once was.
L: And learning to play the lute.
12. “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” How is this true for the two of you?
L: We brought a dead land back to life, and now we’re working to give it a future. How awesome is that?
S: I was the last king of the old Savaru, and I’m the first king of the new Savaru. I couldn’t do it without my queen.