As he was about to open his mouth to say something to the quickly approaching Evie, she took him completely by surprise with her kiss. The feel of her lips against his was supernatural, an unreal feeling. When they parted, he was speechless. When he heard what Evie had said about choosing for herself, half of him was overcome with joy, and the other disgust. He was overjoyed at the fact that she had chosen him over the favor of her parents. However, he felt disgust at himself that he couldn't keep his selfish wants to himself, knowing full well their culture.
As he gazed into her eyes, he took her face into his hands, cupping each cheek, and asked her firmly, his usual nervousness unpresent, "Are you sure about this, Mis- Evangeline?"