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THE DEEPEST CONVERSATION BETWEEN ALEXANDER AND HEPHAISTION

Hephaistion Remember the fates of these heroes. They suffered, greatly.

Alexander We all suffer. Your father, mine. They all came to the end of their time and in the end, when it's over, all that matters is what you've done.

Hephaistion You once said the fear of death drives all men. Are there no other forces? Is there not love in your life, Alexander? What would you do if you ever reached the end of the world? I wonder sometimes, if it's not your mother you run from, so many years, so many miles between you, what is it you fear?

Alexander Who knows these things? When I was a child my mother thought me divine; my father, weak. Which am I, Hephaistion? Weak or divine? All I know is I trust only you in this world. I've missed you. I need you. It is you I love, Hephaistion. No other.

Hephaistion You still hold you head cocked like that.

Alexander [laughing] I have to stop that.

Hephaistion No, like a dear listening in the wind you strike me still, Alexander. You have eyes like no other. I sound as stupid as a school boy, but you're everything I care for. And by the sweet breath of Aphrodite I'm so jealous of losing you to this world you want so badly.

Alexander You'll never lose me, Hephaistion. I'll be with you always. 'Til the end.