Zoe went back to her room and plopped down on the bed. She was exhausted from jet lag, even though she didn't even change time zones. She pulled back the covers and fell asleep in her clothes.
Zoe didn't sleep long because there came a knock at her door. She awoke and wondered who it could be; she didn't order room service or anything. She groggily got out of bed and approached the door. She checked the peek hole and her heart skipped a beat. Dan was standing outside her door. She quickly unlocked the door and flung it open.
"What are you doing here?" she asked.
"It was killing me not knowing if you feel the same way as I do, I had to come. I'm sorry." Dan said.
Her eyes were big as she gazed into his, but that was all she did. He could see something in her eyes that he'd never seen before; fear. He wasn't sure where the fear came from, but her panicked eyes were all that raced through his head. It was almost haunting to see the woman he knew to fear nothing seem to cower in his existence.
"Can I come in?" Dan finally asked, wondering what he should do next.
"Oh, yeah, sorry." Zoe said, breaking their gaze.
"Zoe, I'm sorry, I followed you here, but I just need to know if you love me or not, then I can go on with my life."
"This couldn't have waited?"
"No, when you find someone you truly love who may or may not love you back, it's hard to live without knowing the truth. I've been thinking the entire time I was driving here and I know now more than ever that I love you. I can't deny my feelings for you, Zoe."
Zoe stood there unsure of what to do. She was hoping she'd have a little more time to settle on what she decided over dinner. She pondered her feelings for Dan and came to the conclusion that this must be love. Love is the reason she felt weak in the knees. Love was the reason she'd spent the last couple of weeks in a slump. She loved Dan. She knew that now.
"Dan… I… don't know what to say." She sputtered out, making eye contact with him. Her heart fluttered and she knew what she had to do. "Dan…I…" she paused and felt her eyes start to burn with tears. Before she could think of what to say she found herself moving toward Dan, her arms wrapping around his neck, their lips meeting. Tears rolled down her cheeks as their kiss intensified. In between kisses she finally said what her heart was searching for, "Dan, I love you too."