Erica had never been with a man before, but she was eager and Ruby felt divine. She trembled as he infused her. They moved together in wild, synchronic rhythm.
Erica's sensuality unwound Ruby entirely. He surrendered all control as they thrashed and drowned in each other. He ravaged her in oblivion, absorbing her essence into his own, sucking her dry. As she faded away, Ruby was still hungry. His addiction to her was boundless, but still, she was not enough.
Ruby was staring his fate in the face, and could no longer hope to escape it. If he could not love Erica, he could not love at all.
He dug in deeper and drank her in with increasing abandon as she fell into deep sleep. There was nothing left. He was empty and the magic was gone.
As he struggled to breathe, the world blackened and the atmosphere swallowed him whole. He watch his Muse slip into darkness as everything disappeared.
Erica slept for days as her strength slowly replenished, but she could never again be the Muse she once was. She was doomed to crave Ruby’s touch- and his heart- eternally. Nothing else was real.
When she finally awakened, she found Ruby’s guitar, but he was gone.
She clutched the guitar, wishing it was Ruby.
She pleaded for him and seethed in pain as she realized he had abandoned her.
The temperature of the islands dropped as Ruby left Erosia freezing cold. Women everywhere cried in agony. When Oriana found out Ruby was missing, she brought Erica to the mainland.
As Erica headed to the Palace, some of Ruby's many lovers noticed Ruby’s guitar and stalked her.
Two women, who had collected notes for Ruby in a basket, followed her to protest his disappearance.
Nobody could accept that Ruby was gone.
When Erica reached the palace gate, she saw a banner stating Ruby had been exiled from Erosia, never to return.
She and the others tried to climb the fence.
Olivia shooed them before they reached the top.
When Violet saw Erica carrying Ruby's guitar, she was infuriated.
The Valentines surrounded Erica and wrestled the guitar away.
Two women spied from behind a tree nearby, carrying their letters.
While everyone fought over the guitar, they sneaked into the gate.