A small boat floats at the water's edge. It is tied to the dock by a heavy
rope. AIDA enters, wearing RADAMES' amulet around her neck. MEREB enters
Princess, we must hurry. They've sounded the alarm.
(AMONASRO climbs into the boat as RADAMES appears.)
Aida! Undo the rope.
Forgive me Father, but I need one last moment with him.
(She leaps out of the boat and runs to RADAMES. He puts it together.)
Of course, you're the Nubian Princess. And you had me marry Amneris just so
your king could escape. What a fool I am. It was all a lie. An act. Every
word. Every kiss.
No! But I have made too many mistakes and too many people have suffered. I
could not act selfishly now.
So you lied to me?
Not when I said I love you. Say you believe me.
(As RADAMES struggles to find the answer, ZOSER appears on the rise.)
(Shocked to see AIDA. To one of the GUARDS.)
(MEREB rushes forward. He stands in front of ZOSER, brandishing a sword.)
(MEREB and GUARD fight! MEREB cuts down the GUARD.)
Aida, get in the boat! This is your last chance.
(ZOSER pulls his sword and cuts MEREB down.)
(AIDA pulls away from RADAMES and runs to MEREB. RADAMES takes MEREB'S sword
and lifts it high above the rope that secures the boat.)
Radames! For the love of Egypt stop them!
(RADAMES brings his sword down on the rope...severing it.)
(The boat is swept away.)
Radames! What have you done?
It's all over, Father. When they come for me, they'll take you away too.
No - that can't happen - Egypt needs me -
You're the one who tied our fates together. Like father, like son. I think
you should run.
Forgive me, Princess. I failed you.
No...never! You, Mereb, inspired me.
I wanted to go back to Nubia. Aida, take me home.
(AIDA holds MEREB as he dies. RADAMES moves forward and lifts AIDA into his
arms as the guards surround them.)