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“Just smile. I really need you to smile right now.”

She blinked at him, and he leaned in to kiss her cheek, hoping she’d catch on.

She flung her arms around his neck, grinning. “Hello, love!” she said, loud enough to be heard. “I missed you!”

Sighing with relief, he folded her into an embrace, letting his head rest in the sweet-smelling crook of her shoulder.

“It’s only been two days,” he said at the same volume, pulling back and walking them away from the suspicious target, arm around her waist.

“How was that?” she asked quietly.

“Perfect,” he replied.