Maybe if he says no and all of a sudden your not in his life anymore he’ll realize what you meant to him, although you might want to think about it if that happens. If someone has a choice of you or someone else and they choose someone else or even being single. Think about that. You deserve someone who wouldn’t think twice about being with you. Either way, the only way to go in this situation is to be vulnerable and say exactly how you feel. Don’t hint at it, a lot of women like to be passive-aggressive and say things in a kind of, sort of way hoping he’ll piece everything together. Men are not minded readers.