Just Friends

“There’s nothing cute about it,” he said. The register of his voice indicated decision more so than discussion.

She disagreed heartily and privately, staring past his head and out the window behind him.

He was being silly.  Stephen was her oldest, dearest friend.  His attentions were sweet; flattering, yet perfectly harmless.  A little innocent flirting.

But Stewart knew there was no such thing as “innocent flirting.”

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40 thoughts on “Just Friends

    • Thanks, Gal. I think we all have been. Isn’t life funny that way?

      I don’t know that I relate quite as well with your feelings about David Cassidy, but that is probably a good thing. To each his/her own.

  1. Stewart is probably right although difficult to view accurately through jealous eyes at times. She knows too as does Stephen.

    There’s that question again…Can people of the opposite sex be that close of friends without complications?

    • I don’t think he’s being (overly) jealous, maybe just realistic. I think if everyone was honest, really honest with themselves, they would have to admit that they all know what’s going on.

      It’s an age-old question, and I’m not sure what the answer is. I think there were times where I naively thought that you could. Then I decided that you definitely COULD NOT. Now I am back to uncertain. I don’t know that I have ever personally had a really close relationship with a member of the opposite sex that didn’t eventually get complicated, but I guess that’s not to say that it couldn’t happen.

      I have also found that men and women differ on their opinions here. In my (admittedly limited) experience, it seems like a lot of women feel like you can have platonic/uncomplicated relationships with members of the opposite sex. But I have found few guys that, if they are honest, feel the same way.

      I’m not saying they shouldn’t happen; I guess it just depends how you feel about complications.

      • What to say about all this….
        Your post caused me to reflect on this conundrum. It hasn’t been successful for me in the past. For some reason, I don’t feel it would work in the present either. I do think women can manage it well and I’m not saying that men couldn’t but we are wired differently. “I’m not saying they shouldn’t happen; I guess it just depends how you feel about complications.” Point well made.

        • Oh, I could go on and on…

          And I don’t disagree with you, I do think that women can manage it well. But the problem is that every one of these also involves a man. And therein lies the predicament.

          • I think women are better at convincing themselves that it isn’t complicated. Maybe. I don’t know. It’s an interesting “conundrum” as Gina put it. I’d say that there are very few, if any, friendships between members of the opposite sex that will not at some point become complicated.

          • I wasn’t going to go there, Sam. But now that you mention it…

            Actually, I think that goes to the wiring, referenced by Gina. I think that, a lot of times, for the women, it is ACTUALLY not complicated (now, whether there is some convincing themselves that it is ALSO not complicated for their male counterpart may be another issue).

            A conundrum for sure. But it can be a fun one.

            And I think we all do some self-convincing.

          • I was actually kidding.

            Dunce Two has a point, at least for me. I haven’t found a situation I couldn’t manage but I full well knew it WAS not as uncomplicated for my counterpart. Unfair? No. Wiring? Yes.

            “we all do some self-convincing” is true as well.

  2. That is an awesome take on the prompt. One that I would never think of. I guess that’s why this is so addicting. I love to see what others come up with. I think my post was too vague. I may have some ‘splaining to do…

  3. Very smart. I guess it is all in the perspective. I would sooner die than not flirt a little. I’m glad I have a guy that does think it’s cute.

  4. Thanks so much for linking up to Trifextra. Remember, this weekend’s entries are being judged by the Trifecta community, so I hope you were able to cast your vote(s). Winners will be announced with the Monday post. Hope to see you back then.

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