The Hardest Thing In The World: Just Being Friends

She smiled behind her hand to hide the giggle but she couldn’t keep the laughter from her stunning silver eyes.

“Walk much, Alex?” Chloe asked. Alex had been chattering enthusiastically when he tripped over the sidewalk and went sprawling across a neighbor’s yard.

“Thanks for your concern.”

“That’s what friends are for,” Chloe said, flashing Alex her dazzling smile. A smile that made angels sing and clouds part for sunshine. Alex was momentarily stunned until Chloe turned her face away from the silence.

“Sorry,” Alex mumbled, pulling himself up, “Er… are we going to the Halloween dance together this year? As friends I mean?”

“Well, I was thinking… no, nevermind. Sure, we can go with West and Trisha,” Chloe decided.

“Are they going as a couple?”

“Um. I don’t know,” she concluded, searching for a different subject, “So, what are you going to be?”

Alex looked down the road thoughtfully then at his best friend. The girl he was completely in love with.

“Your knight in shining armor?”

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