LILI

… Scared !

BILL

But love, scared of what ?

LILI

Scared of you, of us. Of our relationship ...

BILL

Why would you? I mean, I have told you more than a million times that I truly love you, and want to spend the rest of my life by your side. I asked you to marry me, doesn't that mean something to you?

LILI

Well it depends … I mean yes it does but … that is what scares me. I don't want to be hurt, and I don't want YOU to be hurt.

BILL

You really are impossible Lili, and I must say it is hard to get you. We do love each other, don't we? So why would getting married hurt us?

LILI

Because we have known each other for four months only, and out of those four months, we lost touch for three months.

BILL

Yes, to my regret. I was hurt by what you had done, but still I loved you. The only thing that prevented me from running back to you the day we saved your lives was my pride. But I never stopped loving you. I took my time thinking about us. And one day I decided I just couldn't go on without you. I would say, those three months without each other were a good thing somehow.

LILI

So you really have forgiven me?

BILL

Forgiven? Of course! More than that, I totally understand the reasons why you did all that. You couldn't know what was really happening, and you simply followed your heart, like you always do. And I love you for that, and a thousand other reasons.

LILI

I love you ...

BILL

So, are we ok now?

LILI

Mmm well maybe I have another question.

BILL - laughing

Well I guess I can't stop you, so go ahead!

LILI

Are you marrying me to make sure you will be able to stay in England?

BILL

Huh?

LILI

Because if you don't marry me, you will have to go back to America very soon.

BILL

For God's sake Lili, I am marrying you because I love you! And yes it's true that I will be able to stay in England, but YOU are the only reason why I want to stay in England. So please stop thinking and start enjoying the moment.

LILI

Ok, I will.

They kissed for a while, but then suddenly Lili broke the embrace.

LILI

Bill, I haven't been honest.

BILL

Lili when we get married, would you mind please giving up that bad habit of yours. I mean, making each romantic moment a ... hum ... "confession" moment. Remember how our night at the inn ended because of that.

LILI

Talking about that night …

The sparkle in Lili's eyes Bill was admiring suddenly became very dark; and he could see tears.

BILL

What about that night? Lili please say something.

LILI

It's the only night we ever spent together. Well you know … But it led to unexpected consequences.

BILL

Consequences?

LILI

A few weeks after I had returned to England, I found out I was pregnant and …

BILL

Oh my God … pregnant! That's …

LILI

Please let me go on otherwise I'll get scared again … So I found out and of course I freaked out. I didn't want people to find out so I thought about not keeping the baby. Even though it would had left me heartbroken. Having a baby, without a father and an awful reputation. And my parents … So in a word I thought it would be better for both the baby and me. But in the other hand, I didn't feel capable of not keeping the baby. Until one day, I lost it. I was devastated, and got very depressed for a while. To be honest, I haven't got over it yet …

BILL

Darling I am so awfully sorry! I should have been there, by your side, helping you. Instead of leaving like a coward!

LILI

Please don't say that! I had violated your trust many times, so you had reasons to leave me. I already am so grateful because you're here today. I didn't deserve that. And if I had considered that baby more as a human than a problem, maybe I'd still be pregnant!

She burst into tears, not able to control herself anymore.

BILL

You never say that again, ok? It was an awful dilemma for you. You wanted to protect your baby from being considered as an unwanted baby, who would never know who is father is. Because you knew how mean people can be. Rumours, always rumours. And that shows what a great mother you could be someday. What happened is not your fault. That's just fate. But our time will come. We'll get married soon, and have children. Together as a family. If you eventually stop blaming yourself for everything, and accept my proposal.

LILI

Oh Bill, yes I want to marry you!

She pulled him closer, and gently kissed him on the cheek.

BILL

You have just made me the happiest man.

LILI

And thanks to you, I am the happiest girl.

BILLsmiling at her

Then we definitely belong together.

They stood there, lost in their embrace. Nothing was in between them anymore, and they could finally start a new life. Together at last …