It all came back to her after hearing those three words. "I love you", John expressed softly to Dianne. Dianne thought, "Why only now?"
The two met at work six years before. They clicked instantly. Soon, they began dating. They dated for three years. But in all those years, the three delicate words were never spoken. They would hold hands and kiss on the cheek but were never intimate. It was obvious how they felt for each other. But they both did not have the courage to say it. Maybe actions were enough... or so they thought.
Three years into their "special friendship", Dianne had to leave for Australia. She said goodbye to John and vowed to stop thinking of him, letting go of the hope that they will end up with each other. She busied herself with work and completely lost touch with John.
She's now back, two years after she left. Upon learning of Dianne's arrival, John immediately sought her out and asked to talk to her. Dianne readily agreed for she herself had some news for John.
"I love you...", he repeated. Dianne just stood there in disbelief. "I loved you since I met you and I still do", John continued. "I didn't say this before because I felt that I was not worthy of you. I worked so hard all these years so I can become a better man for you. I am ready now. I am ready to be with you and marry you."
Dianne was in tears. She took a deep breath and said, "I'm sorry. I met somebody in Australia. We're getting married next month."