I've had this for years. It was handed to me absently by an unrequieted love once when I pretended I gave a damn that she had a horse. I still hate horses. In the years that followed I've hung on to this (but God knows, not her.) and its value to me has grown every year. Not so much for what it was or wasn't, but just the time it represents. I've lied and acted casual when asked about it. "Oh that? It's nothing." and later begged its forgiveness.
You have them, things given to you which over the years acquire an aura of magic through association, stupid things that are clutter at best to those who are unable to see the POWER of your secret Talisman, things which have grown so huge in symbolism and representation that the momentary fear of loss causes a tingling to your toes and then heart sinking reaction.
What are yours?
(Third in an extended series)