“I made another promise,” Valois continued. “One of truth. A Veil promise lasts for the lifetimes of those entering into it. If one dies before the other, that other wanders the earth in a grief you cannot imagine until they, too, die. Most often, the one left behind begs the Veil to bring them to it because they cannot bear the loneliness. But us, my darling boy; we are different.”
“We won’t die,” Gunther whispered.
Valois nodded. “Our promise will be eternal. I am ready to make it, but you must be certain that you are, also.”
“I’m never going to do anything more important than this, am I?”
Valois’s smile for him then was tender. “No, you are not. Fatherhood, marriage, mortal love; all those earthly things pale into insignificance beside this. No matter how significant they are to you right now, in a thousand years they will be but fond memories.”
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