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All the Feels: On Falling in Love with a Friend

The great thing about it is when they fall right back in love with you.
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It starts out innocently enough. You meet, you hit it off, you find so many things in common with each other. And then, things get complicated when one of you starts to see the other as someone more than just a friend. Sometimes, it ends happily ever after, other times, not as happy. Here are some of the stories sent to us this year that talk about what it's like to fall in love with a friend.

  1. To My Ex-Best Friend
    Falling in love with your best friend? What a cliché. At first I was afraid to tell you about my feelings. I was so scared to lose everything we had. But those fears vanished when you held my hand, looked straight into my eyes, and told me that you liked me more than just a friend.
  2. To the Boy Best Friend I Love
    It will always be you.

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  3. To The Best Friend I Secretly Loved
    We promised never to keep secrets from each other like how other best friends do. But honestly, I've been dishonest with you. I could tell you all my secrets but never the one that I'm deeply in love with you. Even when my heart's already bursting with all the feelings I have, I chose not to tell you because our friendship isn't worth jeopardizing.

  4. To the Alex to My Rosie I am sorry for being impatient, for not waiting. I am sorry for being weak. I am sorry if I wasn't loyal to you, even though we weren't dating. Because sometimes, you don't see that the best thing that's ever happened to you, is sitting there, right under your nose.

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  5. To The Guy Best Friend I Unexpectedly Fell For
    It felt like we were two people standing on glass, slowly breaking with every step we further take.

  6. It Will Never Be the Same
    But right now, I just have to learn how to move on. It might be a hard process but I'm pretty sure that I'll be okay in the end. That I'll finally be able to accept the past and move forward.

  7. An Open Letter To The Girl Who Fell In Love With Her Friend
    You're a complete fool if you're going to waste your precious time on a boy who'll probably never look at you that way. Boys don't complicate labels. When you establish relationships, especially when friendship is involved, you're most likely stuck there. Still hopeful? Okay so maybe except for a) The slim chance that usually happens in a rom-com movie, when the guy eventually falls for the girl too; or b) The possibility of you getting together in your next life. But who has the time to wait for forever?

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