What tone of game are you going for? Because if it's cartoony/comedic, might I be so bold as to make a possible coup-out suggestion: Have one of the lovers carry around the other overhead the way Link carries around pots.
@csevans84 it's been 3 weeks since you posted this and you haven't said a thing. Please respond to the people who have been assisting you. Also confirm what engine you are using and if you still need help.
Juice FX is amazing... the portal in the middle is actually animated and moves thanks to Juice FX. so I edited part of a map I have and then drew the portal around it. threw it into Juice FX and now it's lively instead of static.
Another thumb update. The nail is beginning to break away, along with the aforementioned hard and blackened dead skin. The final join has regained some of its flexibility, tho it's a bit stiff after being held still for so long. The very tip of my thumb has a strange dry and somewhat tingly feeling to it when I touch it to something, but at least it isn't numb. I am so ready for this to be over.