"Are you angry with me for lying to you?" Esther peeked up at him nervously.
King Xerxes regarded his wife in silence for a moment, then he sighed, "I wish you had just told me the truth, but I understand why you did not."
He reached out and pulled her close to him, "You must have been so frightened."
Her arms twined around his neck and she smiled,"I'm not frightened anymore."
A slow smile spread across his face as he bent to kiss her tenderly.
"I love you Esther, Hadassah, my star."