She glanced at the guy she had known for years. They were friends ever since she could remember. They shared an uncountable amount of childhood memories together. She knew he always had her back and he could count on her, too. Sometimes other girls tended to be jealous of her being so close to him, but she never really thought there was anything to be envious about. He was her best friend. Period. She treated him as her big brother. The thought of them being a couple seemed ludicrous to her. She had never imagined him as her boyfriend. Well… at least until now.
For some reason, when she saw him today, her heart skipped a beat. Not to mention the weird feeling in her stomach. Dark shiny eyes, black messy hair, olive skin. And, God, the distinctive crooked smile that could easily drive you crazy. When did he get so handsome, by the way?
She shook her head, trying to stop those thoughts from getting too far. They already did get too far.
Don’t be ridiculous, she reprimanded herself. Focus on the conversation. What was he saying, anyway?
“I need to talk to you,” he said.
“Sounds serious. Should I be scared?”
“Nah, I don’t think so. I just—” he paused, thinking of how to word it and looking a bit nervous. Wait, Billy and nervous? Those were two completely different things that looked odd combined together. “It occurred to me that you’re the only one I can talk to about this.”
“I’m listening,” she said.
“Just don’t laugh at me, okay?”
“C’mon, Billy. Get this out of your chest,” she encouraged him.
“So… there’s this one girl,” he began and it kind of made her stomach flip.
Girl. There was a girl. There never was a girl! Not when it came to Billy. Well, he did have a girlfriend some time ago. But it was nothing oh-so-serious and since then, he didn’t really seem to care. They were friends since forever and he never seemed to show the slightest interest in girls—that’s what made him even more desirable for them.
And now, he needed to talk to her about a girl. Now, when she had just started noticing that something was going on between them. But most likely, it was just her. And she was too late. Wasn’t that crazy? She’d had him all for herself for all those years and only when she started feeling something special towards him did he find himself a girlfriend.
“Do you like her?” her mouth said, and she wanted to punch herself in the face for asking such dumb questions. Of course he did.
“Yeah,” he nodded, with those eyes glittering so beautifully. “The thing is, I’m not so sure whether she feels the same about me.”
“She would be stupid if she didn’t,” she said.
He smiled in the way only he could do and she could barely handle it. That wasn’t happening, was it?
“The reason I’m talking about it to you is that I was hoping you might perhaps give me some advice on what I should do to let her know how I feel,” he explained.
She laughed nervously and thought he chose the worst person ever to give him advice on that particular topic.
“Just, um, be honest with her. I dunno, just, uh, do something to show her that you like her. And, um, most of all, be yourself. That should be enough to, uh, get her,” she said, stuttering and stammering. She tried to count all the uhs and ums she used in that sentence.
“You sure?”, he asked, sounding a bit amused.
She nodded. “I guess so.”
He stared at her for a long while, wondering if she knew how stunning she looked today. The bright face with gentle features he’d known so well. Her hair falling on her back and shoulders like a golden waterfall. And those eyes the color of the sea, hidden behind the incredibly long eyelashes; he could easily drown in the deep blue tint and that would be undeniably the sweetest kind of death.
But it wasn’t just her appearance. It was chiefly what she was like inside that made it impossible not to fall in love with that girl. He had never come across a person like her. So pure and honest in everything she did. Her heart filled with warmth and kindness. Always caring about everyone else and sometimes forgetting about herself. And what really made her so special was the fact she didn’t have the slightest idea how beautiful she was, inside and out.
He smiled even wider. Then, without a sign of hesitation, he leaned forward and, not giving her a single second to respond, he kissed her.
She had kissed a boy before, but that kiss felt different. A whole army of butterflies was fluttering in her stomach, her heart was dancing to some crazy melody, her face seemed as if lit on fire and her brain completely lost the sense of what was happening.
“What are you doing?” she whispered. “Haven’t you just told me about a girl you adored so much?”
“I’ve been talking about you the whole time, silly.”