I took a deep breath as I approached my love, he was so still that I thought it would be way too late.
I pulled out the staff, and fought back tears. I wanted to hope - to dream - but I feared to expect too much.
The tip of the staff started to glow as I held it out toward Akolo. I fervently wished he could come back to me so I could tell him how I felt about him. I closed my eyes.
It was a long quiet moment, it felt like eternity as I stood there waiting.
"Akolo, I know times have been weird and tough. I also know we don't know each other completely, but I do know that I love you. I love you more than anything I know right now."
"And I you Citryne, I owe you my life, but you get way more than that. You get my love, respect and devotion as well. My whole heart and soul. The volcano smiles on you, it's true, but it smiles on my more because it gave me you and your love."
I felt the heat rise to my cheeks again but ignored it. "Akolo... Marry me. I want to marry you. Will you stay with me forever?"
Akolo didn't even wait long enough to blink, he hugged me fast and tight. "Nothing would please me more Citryne. I will marry you, as soon as the volcano allows!"
His embrace warmed me to my toes. I think my whole body was blushing. I was so happy in that moment, that at first I associated the buzz I heard as my brain reeling with the newest emotions. It took me a few moments to realize that the noise was getting louder, and more annoying.
As much as I hated to let him go, even for a moment, I stepped back from Akolo and looked around. What is that noise? I covered my ears, it was loud now. Then I saw it.
It was a helicopter. In addition to the helicopters arrival, the other survivors of my shipwreck ran out of the woods screaming, "We're saved! They've found us! We can go home!"
Robby spoke, "You know, people work all their lives to retire in a place like this. I'm not going anywhere." He gazed at Emma with hopeful eyes.
She seemed to catch his meaning. "Me too. I don't want to lose you.... or my tan."
I guess that was what Robby wanted to hear. The two of them kissed and embraced. Ron and I witnessed.
"I guess they aren't coming?" Asked Ron, a small smile on his face.
I chuckled. "I guess not."
"Well that's my cue then. I assume you would be in there if you were leaving as well. SO, I guess we are free to go. Happy to be of service Ma'am, be careful around these parts." Ron stated.
Ron climbed into the helicopter and signaled the pilot to take off. They did, I watched as they disappeared into the sunrise, not sorry at all that I stayed. I had promised Akolo my life, and I fully intended to give it to him.
I looked down at the box. My curiosity got the best of me. 'Let's find out what this old man was up to' I said to myself. I gently pried open the box, fearful of something explosive I guess. When it was open I looked at the item. Unsure of what it was, I pulled out the piece of paper sticking to it.
"A weather control device? This was the evil project he was working on at the research base all those years ago?" I said aloud. I was shocked. "It looks like he was setting up to be some volcano god or something and live forever. I guess the volcano had different ideas."
As I was standing there talking to myself, I heard a call from behind me.
"Over here! Come here Citryne!"
Our tribe erupted in cheers and applause. The chief announced that it was Luau time again, but Akolo and I didn't really hear him.
Akolo started to kiss my lips. His warm lips made a path down my throat, wherever they met my skin there was a lasting tingle. I felt heat, and overwhelming desire.
Before we joined the Luau we spent some time alone.
That was the best night of my life.