After a few seconds of silence, she merely sighed and looked up at him. He recognized that look on her face. He knew what she was trying to tell him… she already forgave him. Tears flowed down his cheeks as he buried his face in her hair, holding her close to him.
“I love you, Sandor,” she whispered softly. “You have been through so much and seen so much. But I always knew that somewhere within you… the man you are right now existed. Deep down, you had a goodness in you. And I fell in love with that part of you. I forgave you for what you did a very long time ago.” She smiled at him as she kissed his chin. He felt the wetness on her cheeks too.
“I’m sorry,” he managed to choke out.
“I know,” was all she said as she rubbed soothing circles over his wrist with her thumb. “I forgive you.”
They held each other like that for a good while, soothed by the quiet sounds of the Godswood as a part of Sandor finally began to heal. He had changed so much since his Little Bird came into his life. Since his dear pups came into his life.
“We should head back. The children are worried sick about you,” Sansa smiled at him.
It was those smiles that made him think that everything would be okay.
Sandor nodded and helped her up before he got up himself. They took the worn path through the Godswood back to the warm glow of their home.
And this time he didn’t pull away when Sansa put her hand in his. He merely squeezed it tighter.