"There are no exceptions. None of us get out of this life alive," her lover replied and mirrored her unblinking gaze with his own.
She took his hand and pulled him closer.
"When I breathe my last," she smiled.
"And, in the unlikely event I'm aware I no longer live?" she kissed his lips.
"I will know I'm still here," she caressed his face and whispered, "And if I die and that's the end? I'll be what I was before: An echo of creation."