That hit you like a ton of bricks. It takes you a minute to realize Dave had something to say on the topic. ".... and besides that, we kinda knew it. ALL OF US. Hell, fucking Sells had a pool on how long it would take you two to hook up. El, I know that all this shit has been getting to us all, but I know this. He loves you. Other than maybe, MAYBE his sister, he cares more about you than anybody. You're just scared of rejection. Whatever else happens, I don't think it'll come to that. Besides, as much as you're trying to dance around the topic, you're head over heels for him. It's obvious to everybody who even looks at you two. The difference in the last few days? He finally fucking NOTICED. You're just not used to the idea he loves you back. Give it time."
"....Thanks Dave. I actually just feel better getting that off my chest. Though do me a favor? Don't tell him about this."
"Your secrets are safe we me, same as always."
"You know, I never asked you why you went out of your way for me so much."
"Well duh, that's because I love you."
"What? Like friends?"
"Yeah, now. Wasn't always like that."
"And you've never said anything?"
"It was pretty obvious you never felt the same. Besides, old wounds long healed. I'm gonna go give Larry his dosh, go grab Alex. I'd like to get him home so he can relax where we can watch him before that morphine wears off."
You act like you didn't hear all that as you go outside. You aren't even sure how to bring it up.