Minding my business, chomping on salad. The phone rang. It was him. His first question “Why’d you answer the phone?”. My response “because it rang”. We both proceeded to make excuses for our last interaction boiling it down to not being able to stay away from each other. I told him about life as of late. He asked mild questions about what I’d shared to all of which I responded. He then told me about life as of late. Some of which he beat himself up over. I offered him perspective. He told me that it was what he needed to hear. Then he told me he loved me and I told him that I loved him right back. The call ended and the text messages started. He was officially a card carrying member now.