A Tough Choice

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Chapter 6

Aiden and I started hanging out together a lot, and I had to admit it felt good to have my best friend back. He opened up to me more and even seemed happier. I was glad that Aiden was getting his cheerful spirit back. And James even hung out with us sometimes. Although I missed us just being alone together. And Aiden sensed that, so he suggested we spend the weekend alone.

"Aiden, are you sure?"

"Yeah. Anna, you're the best friend I could ever have, and I really appreciate you being here for me. But you and James need some time alone. I know you miss him, and I'm pretty sure he misses you, too."

"Aww, thanks, Aiden. You're the best."

So James and I spent the whole weekend alone together. We went to the movies, ate at our favorite pizza place, and he even took me to his favorite fro-yo place. I felt so happy that we were having alone time together.

"Anna, I'm so glad I have you to myself this weekend."

"Me too. I missed you."

As we walked along the sidewalk, I couldn't help but think about how Aiden was doing. I knew I should be focusing all my attention on James, but I couldn't help it. So I called Aiden's cellphone. But I got no answer.

"Hmm. I hope he's okay."

"I'm sure he is, Anna. He did suggest we spend time alone together. Let's just enjoy it, okay?"

"Okay." And he took me in his arms and gave me a passionate kiss.

When we got to my house, he walked me to my door and gave me a peck on the lips. "I'm glad we got to do this."

"Me too, babe. I'll see you tomorrow."

As I walked inside, I noticed the light was on in the living room. When I walked in, there was Aiden, standing in front of the couch with a bouquet of lilacs. And on the table was a photo album.

"Aiden, these are beautiful," I said as I took the flowers. "What is all this?"

"Anna, you're my best friend, and you've been here for me and helped me move on from my dad's death."

"Thank you, Aiden. That's really sweet of you to say. But you didn't have to buy me flowers. Especially my favorites."

"I know. But I wanted to. Come here and sit down."

I went over and sat down next to him. He opened the album, and there I saw all of our childhood memories. There was even a picture of us on the day he left.

"Aiden, I don't understand. Why am I looking at these?"

"Anna, we've been best friends for a long time, and even when I was away, we still stayed friends. And over that time away and the time we've spent together as you were helping me get over my dad's death, I realized that...well...I've developed strong feelings for you. Anna, I...I love you."


"Look, I know you're with James. And I know you probably don't feel the same way. But I just had to tell you how I feel."

"Um, Aiden, uh, can I have some time to think about this?"

"Of course, Anna. I'll just go and leave the flowers here."

I couldn't believe it. My best friend. My best friend in the whole world, was in love with me. What was I going to do? Aiden had just told me how he felt about me, and I was with James.

I couldn't tell him. I knew he would be jealous, even if he didn't seem like the jealous type. I mean he was really patient when I was helping Aiden through the grieving process. But what would he say if I told him Aiden had feelings for me?

I thought a lot about what Aiden said and how James would feel if I told him, and I thought it would only be right to give Aiden a chance if James thinks that we're only hanging out as friends.

So Saturday, I called Aiden and asked him if he wanted to go see a movie.

"Sure. I'd like that."

As we sat in the theater, I noticed Aiden touching my hand. It felt awkward. I mean we were best friends. But I wanted to give him a chance, so I tried to be calm about it.

After the movie, we went to the mall and had pizza at the food court. Surprisingly, I was having a good time.

When we went back to my house and walked to my door, I felt my hands getting sweaty.

"Thanks for giving me a chance, Anna."

"You're my best friend. And a really sweet guy. Why wouldn't I give you a chance?"

"Goodnight, Anna," he said as he leaned in and kissed me on the cheek."

"Goodnight, Aiden."

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