"I love you, Kelly.”
Kelly took a deep breath and sighed it out slowly, kissing Nick’s chest, eyes drifting shut as Nick held him close. After a few seconds he realized that Nick was holding his breath and his heart was racing. He raised his head to meet Nick’s eyes, searching for a hint as to why.
Nick was silent, letting him look.
“What’s wrong?” Kelly asked.
Nick shook his head, smiling sadly.
When Nick spoke, his voice had gone hoarse. “It’s just . . . someday I hope you’ll say it back again."
Part & Parcel by Abigail Roux