Raithen smirked lightly at the boy's entusiasm. It was...sweet. "He sounds like a good match for you...from what I can tell from just meeting you anyway." He smiled lightly and thought on his own contract, his eyes falling half-lidded with thought. "She and I have been together for a long time, and before that she and my mother were bonded. Like I said earlier, I received her some years ago following my mother's death. Basically...Basilisk absorbed some of my mother's....personallity I guess. So she and I are very close, and she's very protective." He chewed his lip, feeling the ghostly, comforting sensation of scals running around his side. He shook his head, forcing his emotions back where they belonged. "But you don't want to hear about my tragic past....now do you?"