Vala and Elvar are twin souls, so when asked about their ideal Valentine's date, both replied that any time spent in each other's company would be idyllic, no matter where they might be or what they might be doing.
However, Vala admitted that Elvar's surprise for their first wedding anniversary was pretty special and a date she would never forget.
It was a typically sunny Saturday morning in Avalonia. Vala was gently awoken by a comforting warmth on her face and patterns of amber light dancing across her eyelids. She inhaled deeply and stretched, slowly opening her eyes to seek out Elvar. She was disappointed to find herself alone in the bed, but as Vala sat up, she noticed a large flat box covered with ivory damask and a wide lilac organza ribbon. She pulled the box onto her lap and opened it - inside was a long sleeveless empire line lilac silk gown; the bodice was embroidered with a swirling cream brocade and the skirt had a chiffon overlay.
As Vala was admiring the gown, her reverie was interrupted by a knock on the door. Elvar stepped inside, smiling as he drank in the sight of Vala. Carrying a tray of steaming Amarivir porridge and hot chocolate with Chando pods, he slipped into bed beside her. They breakfasted together, cocooned in a romantic haven of bliss. After eating Vala snuggled into the familiarity of Elvar's arms. The nearness of Vala's body was electrifying. His hands ran over her curves and they hurriedly undressed each other, making love for the remainder of the morning.
In the afternoon, with his satchel and her dress box under one arm and Vala under the other, Elvar literally whisked her off her feet as they ascended high into the air, finally alighting in a deep canyon at the mouth of a grotto from which emanated a deep blue glow. Removing their shoes and socks at the entrance, Elvar led Vala inside, directing her into a hollow with a wooden door, and handed her a bathing costume as he changed into a pair of swimming trunks. He took an intrigued Vala by the hand and they stepped into another chamber - it was a subterranean thermal spring, the waters magically illuminated by the deep blue light seen from the entrance. The atmosphere was calming and relaxed. Elvar and Vala took the time to swim, talk, and play.
In the evening, Elvar took a blindfolded Vala dressed in her lilac gown to the beautiful verdant valley of their very first date. Alighting at the edge of the lake and whispering an incantation, he removed Vala's blindfold. Her vision was dazzled by a spectacle of lights in a myriad of colours, some seemed interwoven into the foliage, but others were magically suspended in the air. The contrast against the ebony sky was breath-taking and Vala squealed in delight, excitedly wrapping her arms around Elvar's neck and kissing him fervidly. After Vala reluctantly released him, Elvar knelt down, touched the surface of the water and transformed it into a field of ice. Re-enacting their first date, they stepped onto the ice and danced to a variety of music including Vivaldi's ‘Winter’ movement and Adele's ‘To Make You Feel My Love’ - both had featured as part of their wedding day. The music was not provided by magical means however, but by Vala's phone. Following their dance, they enjoyed a moonlit picnic.
To end an already perfect day, Elvar flew with Vala to the cave at Fantasy Falls - the tropical paradise where they had first made love. He carefully slipped off Vala's gown and laid her down on a Furlomyn coverlet. Removing his own clothes, Elvar snuggled in beside Vala, curling his body around hers, and they slept in the starlight till morning broke and a new day dawned.