He could barely contain his breathing, seeing them together. He watched him stroking her arm, her smile responding to the intimate gesture. His heart was conflicted, how could he ever confess, when the object of his affection had someone else in their mind?

He didn’t realise when he started walking towards them as they both looked up from their coffees. As their face brightened, he could feel his heart hurt. They were perfect together and he knew it, even if they couldn’t see it. Why did his feelings insist on tearing her away from him, when he knew his fantasies could never come true? He was their best friend, who wanted nothing more than to see them both happy and he knew that they would be the happiest with each other. But yet, all he wanted was to be seen as more than just a confidant, more than just an agony aunt, more than just a best friend.

But how could he when all he could see was h….

“HI!! Where were you? We’ve been waiting for so long” The tall boy looked across at him.

“I- um… Traffic” He stammered

“This was the first time you never called, do you know how worried I wa-“ the former tried to restart

“YAH! Who cares, as long as you’re here now, I’m hungry, quickly order something” The girl interrupted

He knew, that she knew how he felt. He knew she knew from the start, right from the moment he had walked in on their kiss. He knew she wished that things were different. But they weren’t.  She had the school’s heartthrob that everyone wanted. He knew that she honestly did not want to give that up.

They finished their coffees and walked out to leave, the couple immediately noticing something that had been distressing their best friend.

“Okay, spit it out” The boy spoke
“There is nothing to say” He stopped
“Liar” She whispered
“You like someone”
“DO I KNOW THE GIRL? HOW COULD YOU NOT TELL ME? What kind of best friend are you?”
“It’s one sided”
“Her loss”
“I don’t think so”
“Well… Can’t you set him up with your friends?” He turned to his girlfriend
“I don’t think that would work” She said, looking at the boy in front of her who was clearly struggling with an inner turmoil.
“Urgh, just try? Okay, what’s the name?”

She wanted to move away, unable to control her own feelings. She knew her relationship was hurting him. But she loved him so much, both of them- Just one in a romantic way and the other not.

She looked him in the eye and realized he was going to finally say it out loud.

“I need to go to the washroom” She murmured quietly, quickly getting up, wanting to walk away unable to see the heartbreak that was inevitable.
“Stay, he’s going to tell us the name” Her boyfriend said excitedly

She looked back at the boy who was opening up to them. He looked pained, conflicted, hurt but nodded “Stay”.

She stayed.

He looked at his best friends, the school’s model boy and the charming girl who acted more like a brother than his own brother did.
He looked at his best friends, and cursed himself for ever having to face this day.  Looking down he said

“I like you”

She heard it. So did he. Both of them stared at him.

The boy looked up.

The boy in front of them wasn’t looking at the girl, but the guy.

The boy finally laughed at his best friend’s ‘confession’

“Fine, I won’t ask you”

He missed hearing the latter’s heart break but saw the face that smiled at him.

“It’s true”

He took him in a headlock and continued laughing.

She was the only one who saw the pain her best friend was in.

[PROMPT: REPLY 1997; The relationship between Seo In Guk & Howon]


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