“I’ve been meaning to tell you something,” he said.
“That I’m past the jumping-off point. This is a real thing for me now.”
“Because it was fake before?” she asked with a half-laugh.
“No, but I think it’s safe to say we’re a couple now. I want you all to myself.”
Later, after he’d walked her home arm-in-arm and kissed her goodnight, he admitted he’d been dreaming about her for some time.