‘’Please hurry up.’’ You whispered into the phone. You had contacted the Italian police and they said they were on their way. That was what you could make out anyway. The Italian accent the cop had was very strong.
‘’What are you doing?’’ The man that was helping Isabella looked passed Lovino at you.
‘’ Me? I – I... Nothing.’’ The man Walked towards you, and pushed Lovino aside. He didn’t take that at all good. He pushed him back and quickly punched him taking away his gun.
‘’You imbecile!’’ Isabella and Gilbert turned away from Ludwig’s body and lifted up their guns pointing them at Lovino.
‘’Put it down hun.’’ Isabella said sweetly.
‘’Do what she says.’’ Gilbert smirked at you and put his attention back on Lovino.
‘’You dammed bastard! You think I’m going to do what she says? As if.’’ Lovino adjusted the trigger making his point clear.
‘’Shoot. I dare you. You don’t have much to lose. Just this lovely schone dame.’’ He pointed the gun at you. If Lovino shot Isabella, Gilbert would shoot you. If Lovino shot Gilbert, Isabella would shoot him, either way he would end up losing something. You doubted that you really meant anything to him. If anyone had to die, it would be you. Suddenly you heard sirens. Gilbert turned to look at Isabella and the man that Lovino had punched before stood up quickly.
‘’I’ll come back for you sweetie.’’ Isabella said loudly, looking at Lovino.
‘’You move I’ll kill you.’’ Lovino sneered at Isabella.
‘’That won’t be necessary.’’ Gilbert shot Lovino at the same time that Lovino shot Isabella. Lovino fell to the ground but Isabella just stood there.
‘’Nice try baby.’’ She ran off followed by the strange man and Gilbert. She turned towards the man and said something in another language then shot him as well. You knelt down on the ground next to Lovino.
‘’Please. Please don’t.’’ You said between breaths.
‘’I’m going to be fine. Check Nico... and Damian.’’ You ran to Damian who was the closest one. His heart was still beating. You went to Nico’s side and checked his pulse. His heart was still beating, but faintly.
‘’Check Ludwig.’’ Lovino said as he tried to get up.
‘’No, stay there.’’ You went by Ludwig’s side quickly. His eyes were open and he was breathing heavily.
‘’No lieben. I’m.... I’m Going to die... Please... take care... of Feli... Please.’’ He pleaded.
‘’I will.’’ You said as a tear rolled down your cheek.
‘’Don...don’t cry. Don’t cry ___________.’’ He slowly wiped the tear from your cheek. How did he know your name?
‘’Do you remember me?’’ He asked you, You were extremely confused.
‘’Ludwig, I’ve only seen you once in my life.’’ You said wiping a tear off of his cheek.
‘’N...No. I’ve... Changed a lot.’’
‘’What? Ludwig, stop stressing yourself. You’re... You’re hallucinating, it’s okay.’’ You said softly.
‘’ Ich werde dich nie verlassen, ich werde immer bei dir sein. Bitte an mich erinnern. Ich werde nie vergessen ... Sie sind nur einmal im Leben schöner Schmetterling.’’ The words haunted you. You felt you heart sink as you remembered.
‘’Yes... I didn’t... die in the German army...’’ Ludwig... This was Ludwig. Your ‘’supposedly’’ dead husband. When you were in high school, you met a beautiful man, and married him. His name was/had been Ludwig. It never occurred to you that this Ludwig was the same one. Early one September morning, during your first year in college, your husband had left to the German army, the last thing he said was ‘’ Ich werde dich nie verlassen, ich werde immer bei dir sein. Bitte an mich erinnern. Ich werde dich nie vergessen ... Sie sind nur einmal im Leben schöner Schmetterling.’’ In germen. The he had said it in english.’’ I will never leave you; I will always be with you. Please remember me. I will always remember... You are a once in a lifetime beautiful butterfly.’’ Then he left to the german army. Later that year, you had received a call.
‘’They told me you were dead.’’ You cried.
‘’I’m sorry.’’ This Ludwig was so different.
‘’You changed so much.’’ The Ludwig that had left your house that morning so long ago had been a weak looking man. This Ludwig, even at almost dead, looked like he could demolish a building.The Ludwig you had married always laughed and smiled. But there was no doubt about it, this was your Ludwig. You wanted to cry, tell him everything would be alright. But you remembered what he once told you, ‘never lie to me’.
‘’Ludwig...how, what?’’ You were now crying tears of happiness because you had finally gotten back he love of your life, and tears of sadness because he was leaving again.
‘’I thought you were Isabella. Then... I saw there were two if you. You were... are... the most beautiful inside and out.’’ He was getting colder. How had the ambulance still not arrived. How had the police still not arrived.
‘’HELP!’’You screamed out holding Ludwig’s hand in your hands.
‘’It’s too late __________... remember, Ich lieben dich, Forever...and always.’’ He pulled your head down to his and kissed you softly.And he was gone.
‘’NOOOOOOOOO!’’ You cried and held his cold head in your arms.
‘’No...please.’’ You whispered.
‘’________________! What happened?’’ Lovino’s voice rang in your head. You couldn’t answer him. You couldn’t look at him without falling apart. You had loved Ludwig more than anything in the world. You practically blamed yourself for not recognizing him. The way he spoke. The way he looked at you with love filled eyes. When the German federal army called to tell you that Ludwig had ‘’died’’ in a fire you had gone into a state of depression. The state of depression that had killed the baby awaited by both you and Ludwig. She was going to be a girl. Ludwig wanted her name to be Annaliese. He said it meant grace and favor. You, of course, had agreed. It was a beautiful name. But she was gone. Along with Ludwig. Both of them gone. You resumed on crying. And then you heard the sirens again. You saw red and white lights make their way through the tall trees. But they couldn’t bring him back. No one could.
‘’Where are the injured?’’ The person from the ambulance said as he got down of the ambulance. He saw Lovino, Nico, and Damian. You held Ludwig in your arms. His head rest lightly against your chest. The rage grew inside you and you put his head down and ran towards the first officer you saw.
‘’WHAT IN THE HELL TOOK YOU SO. DAMN. LONG. YOU BASTARD, YOU IDIOT, He’s... he’s dead.’’ You pounded your fists against the officers chest in desperation.
‘’Ma’am please calm down’’ He said I a strong Italian accent. You pushed him out of the way and ran back to Ludwig. When you got to him you noticed his hand was clutched against the ground. You took his hand and unfolded it. A cross fell out.
----- Flash back-----
‘’Ludwig, why do you always wear that cross?’’ You asked him as you lay on the bed with him after an extremely long tickle war in the front yard.
‘’I guess it’s special. I don’t quite know. I’ve just never taken it off.’’ He replyed as he put a strand of your messy hair behind your ear.
‘’If something ever happens to me... I want you to keep it, okay?’’
‘’Nothing’s gonna happen to you.’’ You replied. Just thinking of that made you want to explode in tears.
‘’Lieben, the army is a serious thing in Germany. I will get hurt at some point. If hat ever causes me to-‘’
‘’Don’t say that.’’ You said as you got close to his warm chest.
‘’If something ever does happen to me, keep it okay. And always remember me.’’
-----End of flash back-----
The day that he had gone o the army base in Germany you had convinced him to take it with him. To remind him of home. He had never taken it off. You hadn’t noticed it when you saw him in the house that He and Gilbert lived in. Maybe it had been under his shirt. You brushed that thought aside. You took the cross and put it around your neck. It felt heavy. But you liked it. You smiled to yourself.
‘’I’ll never forget.’’