Relationship question?

Hi guys so I’ve never had a boyfriend but me and this guy are like in a on and off talking stage . We have 5 month on the talking stage. I’m the one who started this whole talking which I’m guessing he kind of gets the hint that I like him. He hasn’t told me anything about us but he is always the one texting first when we stop talking so I’m kind of confused because i don’t know if he really cares or if he likes me. I want to ask him but don’t know how to? What do y’all think based on what I’ve shared?