Friend Zoned

Kylie and Liam have been best friends since pre-school. They’ve faced all challenges together, and high school was the biggest challenge yet. Kylie had become a socialite; became everyone’s best friend. Every girl wanted to be her, and every guy wanted to be her boyfriend. Liam had ended up on the other side of the school’s spectrum. He had very little friends that he could trust. What happens when one event affects their relationship as friends? Could it bloom into something more, or will their friendship stay the same?

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4. Reminiscing

Kylie's party was just a week away. After leaving her at homecoming, I felt a little bit guilty but what was it that I did wrong. I mean, leaving her was one thing but was she hurt by it? I walked to my locker right after math class got out and Kylie walked up to me.

"Hey Liam!" she smiled. She sounded cheerful all of a sudden. Why? "Hey." I said, closing my locker after putting back my math book. "Why so glum?" she asked. I shrugged and then began to walk down the hallway. She followed and appeared in front of me. "What's wrong?"

"Nothing." I said, then walked around her and turned down another hallway to get to my next class that I had with Kylie. "Liam," She continued following me, reaching out with her hand to stop me right in front of our classroom. "You can't keep secrets from me." she said.

"We can't be late for class Kylie." I said, entering the classroom and sat down in my seat. She entered shortly after and sat down in her seat. After class, I walked out and went to lunch. As soon as I sat down at the table with the guys, I noticed that it was just Niall, Zayn, and I.

"Where's Harry and Louis?" I asked them.

"Louis is with his new girlfriend, and Harry is sitting with Jennifer." Zayn replied.

"Who's Louis girlfriend?" I asked. Niall and Zayn both looked at me with the same shocked face. "You didn't hear?" Niall asked. I was confused.

"Hear what?"

"Kylie and Louis are dating." Zayn said before Niall could answer. Oh, that's why she was cheerful this morning. Kylie had just entered the cafeteria with Louis and sat down with the cheerleaders. "They've been talking about it all morning." Niall said.

I guess I've practically shut myself out from the rest of the school since homecoming. I hardly even cared for the things that Kylie did. I minded my own business. "Does that bother you?" Zayn asked.

"Should it?" I asked.

"Well, Louis and Kylie are both friends of yours." Niall said. I stood up and walked outside, sitting down at one of the tables. I didn't want to hear about Louis or Kylie. I was tired of listening to the whole school whisper rumors and saying things that weren't true.

Well, one thing is true for sure. I was starting to fall for my best friend. Why else wouldn't I have feelings of jealousy all of a sudden? Why did it have to be Louis? Actually, I was glad that Kylie was with Louis and not Zayn.

"Can I sit with you?" I heard a voice and looked up to see it was Michaela, the cheerleader I took to homecoming. "Sure." I said as she sat down across from me. In the sunlight, she looked beautiful. She had long black hair and dark brown eyes.

"I know how you feel Liam. Trust me." she said.

"How do you know how I feel?" I asked.

"I was in the same position as you were, but with Zayn. He and I were friends before he became a jock. He started dating these girls before dating Kylie. I joined the cheer team in hopes that he'd finally notice me, but then he fell for Kylie.

"I know how much it hurts to see your best friend fall for a girl you like - in my case, boy." Michaela was right. That was exactly how I felt right now. "What do you know about this?" I asked her, taking out the invitation Kylie gave to me from my backpack.

She took it from me, looking at it. "Kylie's not throwing another big party for her birthday this year. She told us herself that she wants to spend quality time with you." she said, handing back the invitation as I looked at it.

"But eventually she is throwing a party, right?" I asked.

"Yeah, a christmas one in fact." she said. I put the invitation into the backpack. "Wouldn't she rather spend time with her boyfriend than me?" I looked behind me through the glass windows to see that Kylie and Louis were both laughing. It pained me to see how happy she was with someone else; that someone was making her laugh and it wasn't me.

"All I know is that you should always hang on to people you care about, even if they seem happy with someone else." I looked at Michaela who put a hand on mine, gently caressing it. "She's only trying to move on from what happened with Zayn."

I nodded. This was Kylie's way of dealing with pain. She had to move on from the past and I needed to move on as well. I just didn't know where to begin exactly.

...

The Saturday of Kylie's party, I heard the doorbell ring. I walked out of my room and went downstairs, checking the windows to see that Kylie was standing there. I opened the door and Kylie wrapped her arms around me. "Hey Liam!" she smiled, then pulled away.

"Happy birthday." I said.

"Thanks. I brought movies." she said. I stepped aside as she entered the house and I closed the door behind her, following her to the living room. "I know how much you love Toy Story, so I brought all three of them to watch."

She pulled out the DVDs from a bag which she had slung over her shoulder. "What about your boyfriend?" I asked her. She was putting in a dvd into the player. "Louis? Oh, I told him that I'd be spending time with you. He was okay with it." she said.

She sat down on the couch, turning on the TV and pressed play. "Come and sit." She patted the empty space beside her as I reluctantly sat down beside her while the movie began to play.

"Stop being so negative Liam!" Kylie said. I laughed, sitting down on the couch with her while bringing a bowl of popcorn with me. Her birthday was today and after the movies, she promised ice cream. "I am not!" I smiled.

"Yes you are, and on my birthday too." she said, pouting. I placed the bowl on the coffee table, facing her. "It's not good to pout on your birthday." I said. She stuck her tongue at me and turned her attention towards the screen that was now playing the movie.

I wrapped an arm around her shoulders, hoping that it wouldn't be awkward. She leaned in and rested her head against my shoulder. "You're the best friend I've ever had Liam. I hope nothing goes bad between us." she said, looking up at me. I looked at her and smiled, then turned my attention back towards the screen. Me too Kylie, me too. I thought to myself.

"What are you smiling at?" Kylie asked looking at me as I looked at her. "Just thinking about the last movie night we had." I said, turning my attention to the screen. "I'm going to make some popcorn." she said, getting up from the couch and went to the kitchen.

She came back once the popcorn was finished and sat down on the couch, placing the bowl of popcorn in her lap. I reached over, grabbing some popcorn from the bowl and began to eat some. All of a sudden it felt like popcorn was being thrown at me and I looked at Kylie.

She had the guilty look on her face and I threw some popcorn on her. "Hey!" She let out a giggle and we had a mini popcorn war which turned the living room into a mess. After cleaning up the popcorn, "Let's get some ice cream. I can drive us there." she said.

"No, let's be old fashioned and walk." I suggested.

"Fine, might as well exercise while we're at it." she smiled. "Hey, do you have a shirt I can borrow? I smell like popcorn."

"Yeah, you know where my room is." I said.

"Oh yeah. I'll be right back." She left the room and headed upstairs while I took the bowl into the kitchen. I walked out of the kitchen just as she came back downstairs. "Ready to go?" she asked. I never knew that she could look so beautiful wearing one of my shirts.

"Yeah." I smiled and grabbed the house keys, locking the doors after we walked out of the house. While we walked down the street, all I could think of was the night that we last hung out ever. It right before she went to try out for the cheer team.

We were on the beach, watching the sunset, and it seemed like an average romantic moment - but it wasn't. It was the night Kylie confessed to me that we were going to be friends and that she would never feel anything for me. That moment, right then and there, had damaged me from the inside.

Would it be any different now? Would she ever have feelings for me? Would she ever see me as something more than just... a friend? That... I will never know the answer to.

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