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„Did you ever love, Smith, and lost her much too early?“

„Rose' mother,“ Smith answered without hesitating. „She died only some days after her birth. And I wasn't even around. Sister Hannah took care for her and the baby.“

Instantly Kurdy regretted to have asked; too much pain, too many loss, too much to endure, for everyone. „I'm so sorry.“

To his surprise, Smith smiled. „No need to. We only had one night, but she gave me love and hope for a lifetime. It's much better to love only for a split of a moment than to feel alone forever.“