OK so in Singles Week, the way Patrick puts his hands so lovingly on David's arms to ground him before adding more stress to his day by telling him he loves him? and then holds eye contact all open and exposed and honest and maintains that touch while David registers what he's said? and then drops his hands to give David space to process it, because he understands that David needs to fidget and flail and move around and look away and back again, and doesn't want to stifle him? but that at the same time he very deliberately doesn't step back or stop looking at him or give David any cause or excuse to believe he's not all in this, or to believe he didn't mean what he just said with his entire heart? so David knows that no matter his complicated or ugly or awkward or uncomfortable emotional reaction, Patrick's not going to take it back? and then when David starts vocally processing the situation and confirms that Patrick knew it would add more stress to his day, Patrick just steadfastly says "that's correct" with that glint in his eye, offering a little bit of fond teasing for David because he knows that that's safe and familiar and them? and then David goes to explain/defend himself about being stressed or not reacting in the 'right' way and Patrick curtails his spiralling by reminding him he knows all that already, knows that David hasn't said it before in a romantic context and understands why it's scary for him? and reassures him that he didn't say it in order to hear it back, there's no obligation or pressure, he just wanted to express how he felt because that's what felt right to him in the moment, making sure David understands that Patrick will wait right there for as long as it takes for him to be ready to say it back - that he'll stand in the middle with a hand outstretched until David's ready to step forward and meet him there and take it? and then when David's leaving he steers them back to teasing and fondness and familiar routine with the request for tea, so that David leaves knowing that it's going to be OK, nothing's in danger of falling apart, everything's still good between them?
that's love in its purest form
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