"Don't lie to me, Marie," he said, looking me in the eyes. "Don't lie to me. How could you love me, after everything I did to you?"
"Love's not exactly ... logical," I told him. But the pain was too much, and I fainted.
When I came round, the assassin was gone. I didn't expect him to hang around. So I looked Mark in the eyes again, and I told him those impossible words:
"I love you, please, believe me. Just this once."
"It's lies ..." he said, but he didn't sound sure any more.