He grinned as she asked if they could do this again and he leaned forward slightly in his excitement.
"Yes! Yes, of course we can! I mean, I’m glad we’re here on New Year’s, but I think a day that’s a bit less busy and a bit less chilly would be a bit more comfortable, for both of us."
He glanced down at her hands around his own thoughtfully and glanced up a bit shyly.
"Annie, are you enjoying yourself?" He asked hopefully, looking at her over his glasses affectionately.
She smiled, then laughed cheerfully, “I’m glad. Less chilly would be wonderful, because without my…” She paused, remembering to lower her voice, “Without my magic I’d forgotten how the elements could really feel.”
Her hands squeezed his, still absorbing the heat through them, as she nodded, “I love it. This is great, being able to interact with the world again, and with you. Thank you for bringing me, love.” She met his eyes, hers lit up happily.
Bomba looked relieved when she assured him she was having a good time.
"Of course. I’m glad we’re here."
He looked as if he was about to say something, but he hesitated for a moment… He didn’t want to make her suspicious, but he had to be sure before he did anything. They’d discussed it all before, of course, but he couldn’t help but still be nervous about what he had planned for midnight, which was approaching faster than he would have liked.
"Say… Um. Annie." He began, glancing away nervously. "You… I-I mean we—?" He sighed and cleared his throat and tried again, looking at her and taking a deep breath.
"I love you, Annamore." The Professor said meaningfully. "And I want to do this again. I want us to be together, a-and if you want to be around people, I’m more than happy to show you off.
"God knows how the heck I managed to be with you, but, you know…"
He added, shrugging and smiling, trying to put a joke in so she wasn’t surprised by his sudden need to tell her how he felt.
Gosh, it was so hard to keep secrets from her! It wasn’t his strong suit, especially not something this big!