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A woman who is attracted to objects says she has 'married' a briefcase.
Rain Gordon, from Moscow, Russia, says she has always been interested in inanimate objects and that eventually this became romantic, and she is now over the moon with the briefcase she calls her husband, named Gideon.
The 24-year-old got married to the briefcase in June this year, with a mate officiating the ceremony.
Speaking about their relationship, Rain said she first met Gideon back in 2015 after a first encounter in a hardware store.
The nursery school teacher said: "My fascination with objects began at the age of eight.
"From my childhood I believed that a soul is embedded in objects, as well as everything around us. I believe in animism, which means that there is life in everything.
"During my childhood and early teenage years, I fell in love with places such as the new shopping centre that opened in my city. I knew that it was wrong, and beyond the norms of society. I didn't tell anyone."
Rain said she never thought she would end up getting hitched to Gideon.
"I had no idea that we would end up together. I admired how he looked, but I didn't think anything more," she said.
"But then I started liking Gideon for more than that. I slowly realised I was starting to fall in love.
"We shared our first hug and kiss, and we spent more time together in the evenings and nights. We could have philosophical conversations for three or four hours.
"Our spiritual connection and communication is shown telepathically. I hear him, and he hears me, but from the outside it looks like a monologue.
"Gideon is more than just a partner to me. He is a husband, a friend and a mentor.
"Sometimes I feel like Gideon knows me better than I do."
And while Rain says she's not solely attracted to objects, she has never had this kind of connection with another human before.
She explained: "I was with a man in 2017 and the relationship lasted two years, but it did not end well. He discovered my addiction to objects and this was one of the reasons why we broke up.
"I couldn't connect with him. When faced with a choice between him and Gideon, I chose Gideon without any hesitation.
"I always have and always will choose him. For me, objects - although I don't really like using that word - really are better than people."
Earlier this year, the loving couple took their relationship to the next step and tied the knot, with a friend marrying them online.
And even though Rain admits she knows it's not official, she's the happiest she's ever been.
She said: "In May, just before my birthday, I received a gift that I could not even dream of. I got a proposal.
"I happily agreed and made an order for wedding rings, with individual engravings for myself and for him.
"The wedding was in June but we held the ceremony much later in a hotel room in October.
"This is not the first time I have booked a hotel simply because we would like to send time together.
"We were wed by my friend online, and my friends and brother were at the ceremony.
"I was so happy. Although the wedding is not officially legalised, I was pleased to know our relationship moved to a higher level."
She now wants to raise awareness of objectum sexuals and to break the stigma.
Rain added: "To ridicule and humiliate us for the fact that the ones we love are not like everyone else is disgusting. Love is love.
"I wish people were more understanding. Don't judge people for something you don't understand.
"I really hope one day the topic of objectum sexuals will be more known throughout the world, so others like me will not feel so alone."
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