If you've never found yourself so caught up in a moment that you've accidentally said “I love you” to someone you definitely did not love, let me tell you: It's a helluva shock.
Similarly, being on the receiving side of a premature L-bomb is also awkward. It's funny how those three words are something most of us long to hear, but out of context it's just uncomfortable. How do you come back from that?
I mean… I like you?