They didn’t have to.
Both knew they had something more between them than they admitted. He knew from his past that it wasn’t anything new and anything that hadn’t faded away before.
”What’s to say it won’t now?” his thoughts screamed as they looked into each other's eyes for the first time in the evening. Time stopped, heartbeats raced.
“I don’t want to lose this”, Stephanie’s vulnerable eyes were too honest to be needed figuring out.
“You make me happy & hopeful. But can I trust this?” responded the tired and unsure eyes of Rodney’s.
Stef made the first move, she knew she had to. She remembers Rod saying her how he is tired of pursuing someone and wants to be pursued instead; in one of their “meetings”. They never called it a date. “We are friends”, they lied to their hearts and to each other.
“No more lying.” Stef made up her mind.
Taking Rodney’s hand she held it, not speaking a word. She knows Rodney’s lovesick heart had yearned years for the feeling. She knew it when she felt him holding hers back with his full manly force.
“Ouch! Rod…” was the first real expression of feeling that came out in that evening. Realising she scared her love she quickly took charge again. “Geez I am not going anywhere now”, her shy words were an example of her quick wit that always made Rod drool about her.
There was a pause. “That’s it, I’m going in”, Stef’s heart pushed her brain aside.
“Rodney, I love you. I have been for quite some time now. And I need you to know it”
Those words were enough to burn down Rod’s manly defences and years of pain and loneliness shed down in form of a single tear. “I am loved too” Rodney’s senses melted upon hearing his Stef speak.
Stef was quick to move her hands across his face. Her eyes shining themselves.
It took a while, but Rod knew what he had to say
“Stephanie, I love you too. I was waiting for you to say it all this time” was his honest and innocent response
A nervous Rod kissed her forehead, and turned back to watch the river flow in silence.
This time, Stef held his arm. Rod's heartbeat raced, he was finally held.
And Rod could finally rest his head on the shoulders of someone who loves him.
"No more running"
“It’s a wonderful world… what a wonderful world”