“I love you”, he said sounding more like a question than a declaration of emotion.
“Do you, love me?’ she asked hearing the hesitation in his voice.
His face was visibly upset. He was in shock and embarrassment at her question. He expected requited love instead of questions. He opened his mouth and nothing came out.
“Look”, she explained “we have both been through a lot in our lives. I don’t have time for tentative love. Just like when I go swimming, I never stick my toes in the pool to test the temperature I jump in. When I give my heart, I give my whole heart. When I love you it will be with my whole heart a lot. All Capital letters and an exclamation point.
So . . . do you, love me?”