Two pairs of feet aching slightly from having walked around the entire day. The peaceful and steady rise of Ludwig’s chest and the not-so-peaceful swaying of the bus. His heartbeat underneath your ear.
These were the things around you and were coincidentally also the things that were slowly managing to rock you into sleep. Ludwig’s arm tightened around your waist, making you drowsily open your eyes and smile at him.
The smile that was returned to you was so sincere and rare that it made your face heat up. That smile could be all he needed to use to cheer you up or tell you what words can struggle and fail to convey.
The bus swung around a square that was still done up with the festive lightning. A large ornate reindeer stood in the centre of it, all done up in pretty, twinkling lights that reflected beautifully against the darkening sky.
Though to him, its beauty was nothing compared to the childish pleasure that crossed your face, making a full-blown grin work its way up to your lips.
He chuckled, the laugh reverberating in his chest on top of which your ear still lay. This in turn made you laugh alongside him. It was the small things like this, the moments during which you could forget everything else and just enjoy yourself around the man you adored, that made your life such a happy one.
Catching his piercing blue gaze, you bumped your forehead against his, having to sit a little straighter to get to it. Smiling contentedly, the two of you closed your eyes, nuzzling your lips together.
“Ich liebe dich.” The words you uttered at the same time were murmured, as if praying to a deity. When you said them, your eyes snapped open in surprise; you hadn’t been expecting the other to say it.
Ludwig chuckled again, his cheeks tinted pink. “Ich liebe dich so sehr.” He muttered, stroking your hair and planting a kiss on the corner of your mouth.
“Ich liebe dich auch.”