"I... I love you," he said to me, and I began to choke on my drink. "What is it? Is something wrong?"
My eyes began to water. "You said you love me."
"Of course, I do. I say it everyday." I shook my head. "I say it everyday, El. You just don't listen. I say it in the flowers I get for you, I say it in the little gestures I shower you with, I say it with the care I show you even when you're down. I say it, El. I say it."
"I won't lie and say that you haven't been good to me, but you've never said the words. The words are different. A woman needs to hear them. I need to hear just three words."
He grinned. "I love you, El."