From the Author
"Ryder, I don't know how or why it's happening so fast, but my heart does feel like it belongs to you. When I saw you tonight, I felt it. The connection is there and I see it now, but what if it isn't real?" I pulled away from him to walk closer to the crystal blue water of the lake.
"Why wouldn't it be? It feels real to me," he said while making his way toward me. He was getting closer and all I wanted to do was run into his arms and feel his body surround mine. That was what my body was telling me, but how would I find out if that was what my heart truly felt?
Shrugging, I replied, "I just think we might feel this way because of the prophecy, and if so, then what we have isn't real." Wrapping me in his arms again, he tilted my chin up so I had to look into his eyes. He was worried and I could see the tension around the lines of his mouth.
Shaking his head, he let out an exasperated breath.
"Why are you trying to fight this, Calista? Whatever we feel is between me and you. No prophecy or any amount of magic is going to change the way I feel in my heart." Cupping my face in his hands, he brought his face closer to mine so our foreheads lightly touched.
Breathing lightly against my cheek, he whispered softly, "My heart tells me this is real, and if we can't believe in our own hearts, then what can we believe in?"