He didn’t like her saying she loved him. It made her look weak. And it embarrassed him. He enjoyed the chase. So instead, he said, “I love you” and she said, “me too”.
Until one day, she forgot to say the words. He went on, not knowing what he missed.
If only he saw the notebook with its pages filled, and, lines crossed out, and, convictions appraised with, “I love him”, “I love him not”.