Fateful Encounter

“You’re immortal, aren’t you?”

“I don’t suppose you’d believe me if you told you yes, but since you asked: I am indeed immortal.”

“I like you already.”

“Really? You must care for danger then.”

“Why do you say that?”

“You figure out I was cursed by the gods with immortality- I don’t even want to know, but you did- and you like me for it without bothering to ask what I did to deserve such a curse.”

“I was cursed by the gods to see any man I fall in love with promptly come to a terrible death. Would you like to know how I earned that fate?”

“No.”

“I bet you that smirk was just as intolerable in whatever century you prefer as it is right here and now.”

“Are you sure about that gamble? Gambling is so very unhealthy you know.”

“Certainly.”

“Well then I’m afraid I’ll have to make you poorer with the following duo of facts: first, I’m not as ancient as you assume but was born in the same century you were. And second, you are one of very few women who could resist the appeal of my face.”

“You arrogant bastard, you’ve made me curious. Come on then, what year were you really born?”

“1930.”

“No.”

“My birthday is November 10, 1930. I swear it on my life, and upon my honor as a gentleman I am a man of my word.”

“Tell me, your immortality must’ve been torturous during World War II.”

“Yes. I was so young then and so very foolish. I threw away all the gifts life had given me; that’s how I ended up bearing a curse.”

“A life you can never conclude.”

“In exchange for a mistake I can never erase. Well, several mistakes the world can never erase.”

“Oh my goodness, did you seriously affect the outcome of the war?”

“I can’t really answer that. I’m sorry.”

“I have to go.”

“Goodbye.”

“You say that as if I’m never coming back.”

“Are you?”

“Yes, yes, I think so.”

“Well then this isn’t goodbye.”

“Goodbye, temporarily.”

“Honey, everything is temporary.”

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