"Put your arm around her!"
Her best friend.
"Would it help to know she likes you?"
The opportunity came up, and I did.
Her head against my shoulder.
Hours on that couch, playing games with her friends in their apartment.
"Curfew is at 12. Better get her home safely!"
Her apartment was just across the hall.
At her door, I turned to see phone cameras and giddy girls peeking around doorframe.
I walked her in, and the door shut behind us.
We hugged each other closely.
My chin rested against her head, then my cheek, then she looked up.
Nose, lips, tongue.
I walked out of her apartment, smiling at the bad taste in my mouth, nervous to be deeper than I had ever been.
"Did you kiss her?"