It's safe to say that Hero and Leander are in love. Hero chooses to break her vow of chastity for the guy, and Leander risks his life every night by swimming across the Hellespont just to be with her. From what we can tell, their nights together were perfect, blissful, and full of lovin'. But in the end, their love is the precise thing that destroys them both. It causes Leander to make the highly questionable decision of swimming across the Hellespont in a storm, and it drives Hero into suicidal despair when she finds his body. However sweet it was while it lasted, love ultimately turns into a force of destruction in this tragic tale.