For years, he hid away his feelings for her. Everyone knew why, but they never quite thought how deep those feelings were. It seemed just like a passing schoolboy crush. Something that someone could easily forget at a moment's notice, because it's just that insignificant. Something fleeting and shallow, even.
And then things changed, and now, he no longer had any reason to hide his love away.
Will she ever see him as anything more than a friend? Will he ever prove himself worthy of a chance to be loved? Only time can tell.
So the story goes that she went away for a while, and after a few days, she was going back. He wanted to welcome her, but he had no idea what to do. Maybe drop by her after work? Maybe have something delivered? It was all on short notice, and he had only a few hours to make up his mind what to do. Everything just happened so fast.
So after a long day of working hard and, surprisingly, partying harder, he lay awake in bed, thinking of nothing but her. True, he had but a few hours to go before he had to go back to the daily grind, but thoughts of her comforted him.
He hasn't seen her in a while. "Out of sight, out of mind," some may say, but instead, her absence in his life made his heart grow fonder.
Three hours of sleep was all he had, if you could even call that sleep. He woke up, still clueless how to make her feel special. To make her feel cherished. To make her feel loved. Then it hit him.
At the earliest chance, he got out, and looked for the perfect thing to give to a woman who has everything.
He walked into the door. She wasn't there yet, and that was the plan. They've walked through this door for years, but now, he recognizes all too well that it isn't the same anymore. And that's precisely why he's no longer afraid. He's no longer afraid to show her what everybody knows.
With very little fanfare, and amid good-natured ribbing from everyone else witness to this, he leaves the simplest of messages to her, and went on his own way. He had less than an hour to get to work, but you know what? It's worth it. Because she's worth it.
Everybody knows that she is cherished. Everybody knows that she is special. And truly, everybody knows that she is loved.
What else could a man hope to give to a woman who has everything, after all?
It's such a brief love story, true. But that's because for now, the rest is still unwritten.
The simplest of messages can also be the most profound.