"The people are complaining about Sita," Rama said to Lakshmana. "I know she was faithful to me, but the people doubt her. Their doubt fills me with sorrow."
Lakshmana looked at his brother in confusion.
Rama continued. "Tomorrow you will take Sita into the forest, leaving her there near Valmiki's ashram. She has been wanting to visit the forest ashrams."
All the color drained from Lakshmana's face.
"And you will never speak to me of Sita again." With tears in his eyes, Rama left the room.
Lakshmana stood there, unable to believe what his brother had asked him to do.
Inspired by: Valmiki's Ramayana.
Notes: This is the Uttara Kanda (Book 7), sarga 44.
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