“Are you guys friends, brothers?” the nurses inquired.
“Friends,” he replied.
“Partners,” I corrected, smiling.
“Yes, partners,” he said, grinning bashfully.
“Ah, partners!” they exclaimed, seemingly unfazed and unaware of the courage required to speak those two words.
“I love you,” he blurted.
“I love you, too,” I replied as they wheeled me into the operating room.