"What?!" she said...
"I love you"
"How can you say that?" she demanded. "You already have a girlfriend".
"Yes, I know."
"Are you trying to cheat on her with me?!"
"No, in fact she knows that I love you."
"What if I don't love you back?!"
"That's OK. When I say I love you, I am stating what I feel. That's all. I do not require you to love me back. I do not require that you have time for me, nor interest in me... I do not require that this 'mean something' beyond my statement of feeling".
"So then why are you telling me this?"
"Because it is what's true. And because in this life, love should not go unsaid."
"Why do you love me?"
"Because I see the things you struggle with in life. I see how you care about people. I see how you prioritize the needs of others. That care of others needs to be supported wherever it occurs. Imagine if every good deed were met with kudos, how different would the world be? So, I do what I can to make the world better."
"You're not the first person to say that, nor will you be the last. And I'm OK with that. You, the things you do, the way you do for others... You are a gift to the world. And that should not go unrecognized. Thank you for having been part of my life."