“A Friend” from “Remembering Eternity”

“As he gazed into his young friend’s eyes, seeing there only welcome and joy, Skylar felt himself unfolding, as if he had been a long-locked jewelry box whose mechanism had just sprung open.  His heart, which had long lain hidden beneath layer after layer of protection, behind shield, armor, and mail, like a cherished princess locked deep within a fortified castle, on a sudden revealed itself: began to walk about in the sacred night like the royal maiden wearing only her white shift and golden crown.  Then the princess waved her hand and all the barbicans, moats, baileys, battlements, portcullises, archers, infantry, and enemies disappeared as if they had never existed—and all that endured, that reigned over everything, was the brilliant white beauty and the glittering golden crown of Her Highness, the Love Princess of the Principality of the Heart.” https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B01B9SZ1DW