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This guy’s name is Bryan, and he has a best friend called Eric. They always thought that nothing would ever be able to damage their friendship – after all, they’d never had a single serious argument! But that all changed when they were both around 13, and they met a girl called Phoebe.
Phoebe was an awesome girl from another school, and they actually met online (they both played the same computer game). At first, all three of them chatted online, but then they started hanging out with her in real life as well. She was fun and cool and pretty, and Bryan started to like her a lot. One evening after they had walked Phoebe home, they were talking about how awesome she was, and Bryan eventually told Eric that he liked her. To his surprise, Eric told him that he liked her as well. At first they thought it was awesome – like, they were such great friends that even their taste in girls was similar, and they didn’t think it was a big deal.
The three of the continued to hang out together, but of course, online, Bryan chatted with Phoebe one to one, and he got the feeling that she might like him as well. He decided not to tell Eric so he wouldn’t get upset, but continued talking to Phoebe on a daily basis. Some time later, Eric told him that he thought Phoebe liked him because she was so friendly towards him, and Bryan responded by revealing that he had the same impression. Bryan told his friend that he intended to ask Phoebe out, but then Eric got mad and said that it should be him that does it, because he had a better chance with her and that was only fair. Of course, Bryan disagreed, and so they actually had a serious argument for the first time in their lives.
After that, they talked less and less to each other, and when all three of then were hanging out together, Eric desperately tried to be funny and cool with her. He had never acted like that before, and it was very weird for Bryan to witness it, but Phoebe laughed and enjoyed his new image – so Bryan decided that he should do the same.
Later Eric started to make some barely noticeable but mean jokes about Bryan, saying things like, “hey, Bryan, wanna race towards that sign?” and if he said “no”, he would answer “of course you don’t, I forgot that you’re the weakest in our class”. So he usually said yes to challenges like that, but Eric always turned out to be a bit faster than him. Of course, Bryan argued with him and tried to answer everything the same way he did, but it was all so stupid. Online, he would tell Phoebe how Eric was acting like a jerk all of a sudden, and she was like, “he said the same thing about you, what is happening between you guys?”
At that point he thought of telling her that he liked her, but decided that he wanted to do it in a more romantic way, so he planned to ask her out without Eric around. But they were already planned to go out all together, so he decided to do it afterwards.
So, the day came and they were hanging out as usual, but then suddenly Eric told Phoebe in front of Bryan that he liked her and wanted to date her! Bryan assumes Eric had expected that he wouldn’t say anything because it would be too awkward, but he couldn’t lose his chance, so he said right after him that he also liked her and that she should choose the best one. And yes, it was awkward.
He still remembers just how wide open Phoebe’s eyes looked at that moment. She clearly didn’t know what to say...so she said something like “um, well, actually, I have a boyfriend, guys, I’m sorry”. The rest of the evening was very awkward. She was clearly feeling very uncomfortable at this point. Maybe she didn’t actually have a boyfriend, but the situation itself was obviously weird for her.
So they walked her home, and she muttered “sorry” and went into her house. After that, they didn’t really hang out with her, and Bryan of course understood why she didn’t want to anymore – or maybe she really did have a boyfriend...
He and Eric didn’t talk for weeks, and he missed him. He missed Phoebe, too, because she was a good friend, but Eric was his BEST friend. Even other people at school noticed that they didn’t talk to each other and asked why.
So one day after school, he texted Eric and asked if he wanted to hang out, and he said yes. At first it was a bit awkward; they were both still mad at each other. But eventually they just started talking and joking around as usual, and soon it was just like it had been before. They didn’t talk about Phoebe at first, because it was an awkward memory for both of them, but eventually they did of course. They decided that they wouldn’t act like they had towards each other ever again.
Bryan now realizes that he could have lost his best friend because they were both acting stupid, and he really should have handled the situation better.