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Erika: sits in the garden admireing a pink rose.
Ralph: Finds Erika in the garden.
Erika: Ignores Ralphs presence and sets the rose on the ground next to her.
Ralph: Takes a step towards her and speaks in a calm voice. "Erikca....."
Erika: "Leave me be."
Ralph: "I'm not leaving till you hear what I have to say!"
Erika: "I don't want to hear anything you have to say!"
Ralph: "Please Erika, just listen....."
Erika: Rises to her feet and turns and faces Ralph. "Fine, I'll listen but hen I'm leaving."
Ralph: Nods his head and speaks in a low but sincerely voice. "I know your hurting but you need to stop shuting everyone out."
Erika: Tears brim Erika's eyes and she speaks in a fierce but shaky voice. "Of course I'm hurting! I watched Anna, My own baby sister, die in my arms and I couldn't save her or anything!"
Ralph: "There's nothing you could have done for her!"
Erika: Starts crying. "I should have protected her! She was left in my care when Mother and Father died!"
Ralph: Shakes his head and moves a little closer to Erika.
Erika: "Anna's death was all my fault....." Looks down at her shaking hands.
Ralph: Grabs Erika's hands and pulls her close to him. "Her death was not your fault." He says in a fierce voice.
Erika: Looks up at ralph tears running down her face.
Ralph: Wipes away her tears and cups her face inbetween his strong hands.
Erika: Erika shakes her head. "I should have stayed with her. I should have protected her from those Trojan soldiers."
Ralph: Ralph shakes his head and uncups her face and pulls her into a tight embrace.
Erika: Sobs quietly and whispers... "I don't know what to do no that shes gone."
Ralph: Pulls away and wipes away her lingering tears. "You'll figure it out."
Erika: "I'm going to miss Anna terribly."
Ralph: "We all are...."
Erika: Hugs Ralph.
Ralph: Pushes a strand of her hair out of her face and smiles softly. "Where's that smile I do so love....."
Erika: Smiles slightly and blushes.
Ralph: Places a hand under her chin and lifts her face so she's looking at him.
Erika: " I don't know what I'd do without you Ralph."
Ralph: Smiles and leans down as if to kiss her but then stops and drops his hand away from her chin.
Erika: "Whats wrong?"
Ralph: "I do so wish we could be like this together all the time but we can't."
Erika: Looks down at the ground. "Samuel....."
Ralph: Nods his head. "Your betrothed to him....."
Erika: Looks up and touches Ralphs cheek softly. "If only we could be married and livea long happy life together."
Ralph: Holds her hand to his cheek and kisses her palm. "If only, if only...."
Erika: kisses Ralph on the lips softly.
Ralph: Kisses her back but onlhy for a couple of seconds before pulling away. "We can't....."
Erika: Drops her hand from his face and nods her head in agreement.
Ralph: Looks deeply into her eyes. "I will always love you Erika, no matter what."
Erika: Smiles softly. "And I will always love you with all my heart, no matter what."