“Ian closed his eyes. Beth watched emotions flicker across his face, the uncertainty, the stubbornness, the raw pain he’d lived with for so long. He didn’t always know how to express his emotions, but that didn’t mean he didn’t feel them deeply.
When Ian slowly opened his eyes, he guided his gaze directly to Beth’s. His golden eyes shimmered and sparkled, pupils ringed with green. He held her gaze steadily, not blinking, or shifting away.
I love you, he said.
Beth caught her breath, and sudden tears blurred her vision.
Love you, Ian repeated. His gaze bore into hers harder than Hart’s ever could hope to. Love you, love you, love you, love you, love you, love you…”