Riebe touched Strider's shoulder and gently pulled him around to face her.
"As you so cleverly worded it a little while ago, this is going to be an all-out war," she said quietly. "In light of that, there's something I need from you..."
To Strider's mind alone, her voice said, I need to know that, no matter what happens, I have you at my side... every piece of you.
Staring up into his eyes, she asked aloud, "Can you promise me that?"