"Wanna go out and look at the lightning bugs?" He asked. I said yes without hesitation, despite my fears. He knew I was terrified of the dark. He always said it was a justifiable fear, but it made me feel childish nonetheless.
We walked out into the dark, hot summer air and I felt a smile cross my face. I'd always loved the heat. He gripped my hand tight as we walked down his mile-long driveway, trying to find the spot with the least amount of light. We were walking straight into one of my biggest fears.
"Let me know if you need a hug or anything," he said as we neared the center of the driveway. It was silent, and as my eyes found the thick, tall trees that lined both sides of the driveway my fear was temporarily replaced by awe.
Thousands of lightning bugs glittered in the trees as if tiny fireworks were going off every second. I smiled at the sight and he pulled my close before kissing me gently.
"I love you," I whispered as I wrapped my arms around his waist and held him close. We held each other there for a few moments, enjoying each other and the beauty of the things around us. I rarely got to experience such natural beauty in the town that I lived in, so it was special. Everything I did with him was special and it always would be. I always felt safe with him.
"I love you, too."