Orange rays of fading sunset trace the outlines of his face and the distinct silhouette of his ears make me laugh quietly to myself, obviously not quietly enough as he spins around and traps me with his arms wrapping around my waist. He leans in close enough to whisper, “What are you laughing at?” and makes it incredibly difficult not to kiss him before I cheekily say “you.” I can feel his warm laughter on my neck as he pulls me in closer to his chest and lightly places his lips on my skin. Chills run right down to the bottom of my feet and I shrink away from him, knowing I wouldn’t be able to resist him once he started on my neck. He chuckles at my reaction and I lower my head, biting my lip. When I lift my eyes I see him staring into my eyes and also biting his lip. Inevitably, my heart somersaults and I skip over to his open arms and tightly wrap my arms around his neck, purposefully sliding my lips over his ear and giggle when he slightly gasps from the chill.
Tracing my lips along his cheek his deep brown eyes meet mine and I see the corners of them crease under his glasses as he smiles. Returning the smile, my mind runs over the million and one reasons I could consider myself the happiest person on earth. Maybe it’s because after almost two years, I got that amazing feeling of his arms on my skin again or maybe it’s the fact that it feels even more amazing than two years ago. Because when I look at you somehow everything just clicks, like all the pain of the past and the long wait make sense and I realise that without them I wouldn’t be able to love you as much as you deserve to be loved.
And I love you more than I did before, because the wait has made me stronger and I appreciate every second I have by your side, knowing I could never take you for granted. And you have no idea how I look forward to countless nights under the stars and entwined in the sheets of your bed. Nights where I know we don’t have to hide and I can show the world that you belonged with me all along. I now know truly that I have never loved someone like I love you and I can promise I’m not lying when I tell you that you mean the whole world to me. So never let go of my hand again, don’t make me miss you again because the worst part was when you looked me in the eyes and the 60 centimetres between us felt like more distance than the 8000 miles of the United States.