we went to an amusement park today and went on tons of roller coasters and had an amazing time. When we were in one of the gift shops, I teased him about this nerdy little pikachu thing that he was looking at buying, and he joked back, "I hate you." Then, like a knee-jerk reaction, he blurted out, "Just kidding, I actually love you."
And then he got awkward and didn't make eye contact and kind of just let the comment go. And so I didn't say anything, and I let it go too.
...but now I know.
(I love you too. More than you could ever imagine.)