Unpretentious. He stated it simply, as a matter of fact, yet with that little smile on his face, as if he was amused already at what my reaction would be. Which was, at first, a flat lesson. ”You should not say things you that don’t mean.” …And I left it at that.
However, the authenticity in his eyes, that was unexpected. His manner came across humbly, almost child-like, as if he was a little kid presenting someone he idolized with a gift, and he feels that it isn’t much, or that it isn’t worthy, but he so wants to know that you accept it, and maybe even like it. …And I cherished it… quietly.
“I love you.”
…And I am inclined to believe it.