"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.

The End

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