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To her left, the sky outside the window greeted her with its sad grey hue. She had probably been asleep for a few hours.

Diana stared at the ceiling. Themyscirian symbols were carved on its surface โ€“ a detail she wished to be added in her new home after the war. Home where she and Steve would live together and do all the things he told her that one night under the snowfall. Her gaze turned towards the picture that hang on the wall, lit up by the pale moonlight, the first and last picture she took with him.

๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด, ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ. It was so rich and full of details that the tears which were just brimming a few seconds earlier escaped her eyes, uncontrollably. She found it funny, how she had shed oceans of tears but no amount of soul-searching was enough to wash away the pain. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต.

Wiping away her tears, Diana sat up, wincing from the claw marks she had on her arm. Then she remembered, she was fighting with Cheetah before she found herself in her bed.

โ€œ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ค๐ž.โ€ A very familiar voice from the darkest part of her room spoke. He went out of the shadows and there he was, with his golden hair, smiling down on her like he did in her every dream.

โ€œ๐’๐ญ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž...โ€ The goddess couldnโ€™t believe her own eyes. It was him. Alive and in color. Safe and sound.

The man offered his hand for a dance, and it seemed too good to be true. Diana took it nevertheless. ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ. ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต. ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ โ€“ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ.

โ€œ๐ˆ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ?โ€ He asked. Diana fathomed the depth of his sapphire orbs, and she thought, they were like the vast ocean she looked upon ever since she was sculpted from clay โ€“ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ. She remembered, just earlier, she was thinking about home. She realized it didnโ€™t matter wherever she was, whatever details she had on her house, just as long as she was with Steve, ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ.

โ€œ๐˜๐ž๐ฌ.โ€The woman chuckled softly, a glimpse of yesterday flashing in her thoughts. โ€œ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐... ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ.โ€

โ€œ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ?โ€

โ€œ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ค๐Ÿ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ... ๐ ๐จ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค. ๐†๐ž๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐, ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐›๐š๐›๐ข๐ž๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ.โ€ She stared at his face as she spoke, and it has been decades but still it took her breath away as the moonlight showed its beautiful contours. She wished in those decades she was able to do those with the most precious man in her life. ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ. Almost seven decades โ€“ she had been a warrior for so long that she had forgotten what it was like to live.

They swayed in comfortable silence, without a song but their breaths perfectly harmonizing with each other were enough for her to listen to. โ€œ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ...โ€ His voice sank to an almost whisper. โ€œ... ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐š๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž.โ€

โ€œ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ... ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฒ. ๐๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž.โ€ Diana leaned her head on his shoulder, still swaying despite of the shaking of her knees. She was a strong, brave and bold woman, she knew that but with him she was unstoppable. But now, just thinking that this small moment was already going to an end made her weak. ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ.

โ€œ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ.โ€ He spoke softly, and she could feel the hint of sadness in his voice.

โ€œ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ.โ€ She shook her head and as she looked at him in the eyes, tears threatened to stream down her cheeks.

โ€œ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐จ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐จ. ๐‰๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ... ๐›๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ฒ. ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž.โ€ His smile was just too special to resist. And while it was true that her life would never be the same as it was seventy years ago, that losing someone was too painful and too cruel for the innocent lady she was before she left her home island, deep inside she believed that men were still good. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ.

With a smile, Diana nodded her head, fully understanding what he meant. โ€œ๐ˆ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž.โ€

Steve cupped her cheeks and, leaving a soft kiss on her forehead, faded in her embrace.

Maybe, just maybe, the worst lies are the ones we tell ourselves. Maybe Diana told herself she wanted to forget, but she didnโ€™t. If to forget meant to erase everything, even the most precious memories, then she didnโ€™t want it anymore.

๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด โ€“ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ.