He needs to just feel her sometimes. To comfort himself in the night. To remember that this is real.

His life has walked the road of darkness until happiness never feels real to him. Being yanked off the streets of New Orleans changed him from cursed devil to applauded thief. Julien’s blood running into the street sent Remy into exile, lost from love, family, and home. Slaughtered hundreds in the blast of his powers led to his darkened road and only more slaughter.

For once, he's moving toward light again and he holds her close, reminding himself this is real.