'Life is nothing but an electron looking for a place to rest.' ~Albert Szent-Gyorgy
The electron is forced from its home with the proton. He feels this loss instantly, and he immediately flies into a frenzy. He sees her being pulled away from him, and he cannot reach her fast enough to prevent her from disappearing. He searches frantically, but he cannot find her. More and more energy fills him as he becomes more and more desperate. He can't find her; she has been taken away.
'Do you wish to see your beloved proton again?'
The electron is startled by the voice, unable to find its source. 'If you so wish, you must do as I say.' The electron soon realizes the voice is from the protein looming over him. Normally, he would be skeptical of the large and complicated molecule, but he must find her. He willing jumps over to the protein and lets it do with him as it wishes.
He can feel himself being transferred from molecule to molecule, his energy being sapped away in order to complete the reactions. This happens again and again and again. Soon he is joined by another electron, whom he can tell has suffered the same misfortune. The two surrender themselves to protein after protein, reaction after reaction.
Finally, their wish is granted. They emerge from the last reaction, sapped of so much of their energy, only to have it refilled with joy as they see their beloved protons yet again. They rush forward to their beloveds, as their beloveds rush to them.
The oxygen intersects. He gives them a compromise: they can be rejoined with the protons, but only if they all surrender to him. The electrons must stay with him more than their beloveds. But they do not care as long as they can be joined once again.
The deal is hastily met, and the electrons race back to their found partners. The happiness is overwhelming, and the electrons and the protons are so happy to have found each other yet again.
The joyful reunion, however, is cut short as the oxygen draws the two electrons back to him. The electrons and the protons fight to return to one another, and succeed.
But the success lasts only for a short while. For the rest of their lives as a water molecule, the dance will continue, with the oxygen winning most of the electron's time. But the electrons and the protons don't mind, for they are still allowed to be near each other, and that is infinitely better than when they were ripped apart.