But that’s just it, isn’t it? The build-up. He’s waited for this for years. He watched her have her first crush in elementary school (and, no surprise, it was not on him.) He watched her flirting with boys at middle school dances. He watched her making out with Jackson in the hallways in high school. He watched her grow up, grow into herself, grow through all the pain of being alive. And all that time, all he had wanted was exactly what he has now. And he feels frozen. He feels stuck in his own incompetence.
Danger looms. Adventure awaits. The jungle calls. And Hinata meets a curious stranger there, who shows him what it means to be truly needed.
Time was dwindling. But for every one sunset that took them closer to Hinata’s departure, it brought a new day for Hinata to fall, heart dropping down into his stomach or jumping into his throat, as he loved Tobio more and more. That was what he wanted the memory to be.