"I love you," she says. The bravest girl.
He savors it, and pulls back, to see her smiling at him: gotcha!
"About time," he smiles. She hums with pleasure. Her body hums with it. This is a love story. He kisses her right eye, and she makes that sound she makes, and throws herself into his arms. They are strong; they weep with relief. He holds her tightly.