[ He breaks and runs a hand down his face, weary and tired beyond belief. ]
Look, Claire. I know you mean well and, fuck, I know you've been through a lot, [ although the revelation of just how much boggles even his mind. ] but I've just gotta have time to think, okay?
I ain't ready for this, for you. [ and he still doubts he ever will be ]
[ he goes for a weak smile ] I have to say though, you're one hell of a girl if you can go through all that and still manage to kick my ass. [ which might be as close as he's going to get to an "I like you." ]