To my dearest Albert. Happy Birthday. By the time you read this, chances are that I’ll no longer be with you. So instead of giving you a present, I’d like you to hear me out. Albert, this is important. I don’t want you to ever hate anyone. Something occured to me. Feelings of love and feelings of hate both start out as caring about someone. It’s sad, but I think that sometimes, when those feelings aren’t returned, those feelings of love change into hate. If something like that ever happens, I want you to think back to our childhood. Back to a time when we could only love openly and honestly, no matter how often we got hurt. I want you to go on living, Albert. Love people openly without being scared of getting hurt. I truly was lucky to have known you. Franz d'Epinay. Forever in your heart.
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
((Based on Le Comte de Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas))
The letter Franz wrote to Albert before dueling the Count. Only revealed in Episode 20.