even the tone steve uses when he’s asking, “but you’re happy now?” is an expectant one rather than neutral.  the unspoken word at the end is “but you’re happy now, right?“  because he needs sam to say yes, is practically begging him to say yes, because steve needs to know that he won’t feel like this forever, that people can survive this.  because right now? it sure as hell doesn’t feel like he can do it.