The young man shook his head and let out a long sigh. He looked at Lidia. She was flushed, likely due to the swirl of emotions they had just danced through. She looked nervous, almost desperate for him to understand the details she was unwilling to share.
"I understand that it is complicated and that you don't want us to simply rush into it with our impulses and ruin everything." Trying to catch her eyes he tilted his head slightly. Very slowly, his eyes asking for permission he brought his hand towards her elbow. "Thank you for not letting me become the other man." His eyes were on the floor, she didn't know how much it meant to him.