He finally came out and outright said it, if his actions weren’t enough, him saying it would, right? This seems like an important event, they even used TWO pages and emphasized the speech bubbles… but it got washed down on the next page by Yukina saying “… What did you say?”
SHE DIDN’T EVEN FREAKING HEAR IT!! GAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!
But well, it was unintentional, he didn’t mean to say it, he got taken by the flow of the moment and blurted that out. Should have at least held your stance, Shigure.