A Tough Choice

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Chapter 7

After that night, Aiden and I started spending a lot more time together, and I went on less dates with James. He didn't seem to mind, though. He knew how much I missed out on hanging out with Aiden, and how much I missed him being happy again.

At least that's what I thought.

One Friday afternoon, James walked up to me at lunch as Aiden and I were sitting down.

"Um, Anna, can we talk?"

"Sure, babe. What's up?"

As I got up, he led me outside. "Uh, is everything okay, James?"

"Uh, not really."

"Why? What's wrong?"

"You wanna tell me what's going on with you and Aiden?"


"Look, I know you two have been hanging out together. A lot. And I know he's your best friend and you helped him get through his dad's death, but I feel like there's something more going on there."

As I saw the concern on his face, I knew I couldn't keep the truth from him any longer. so I told him everything. About me walking in after our date and finding Aiden in the living room with flowers in his hand and that he told me he was in love with me. I saw the hurt and anger in his eyes and couldn't help but feel guilty.

"You've been dating him all this time and didn't even tell me?!"

"James, I'm sorry. But I had to give him a chance. I never knew he felt that way for so long. And I knew you would get jealous. I just want to make you both happy."

"Well, you can only make one of us happy."


"You know what I mean."

"Wait, you're making me choose?"

"It's either him or me, Anna."

"But James, he's my best friend."

"And I'm your boyfriend. Look, Anna, I love you. But it's time you choose the person who really makes you happy."

"But you both make me happy."

"Well, I guess you have a lot of thinking to do." And with that, he walked away, leaving me sitting on the ground as tears filled my eyes.

That night as I lay in bed thinking about what James said, I heard my phone ring. When I saw it was Aiden, I immediately answered it.

"Hey, Aiden."

"Hey, is everything okay? You didn't come back to finish your lunch."

"James and I had a fight."

"What happened?"

I couldn't hold back the tears any longer. I sobbed in the phone and told him everything.

"I'm coming over."

"Aiden, I don't think that's a good idea."

"Anna, you're hurting right now, and you need a best friend."


Thirty minutes later, I heard the doorbell ring. When I went to answer it, I saw Aiden standing there with ice cream and movies in his hands. "The perfect breakup remedy. Ben and Jerry's and chic-flicks."

We spent the whole night watching movies and stuffing our faces with ice cream. Even though I knew Aiden loved me, tonight he wasn't a potential boyfriend. He was my best friend.

"Anna, I'm really sorry I broke you guys up. I should've backed off."

"Aiden, there's no need to apologize. You deserved a chance. And you still do. I've really liked the time we've spent together. But I also love James, and I can't throw away what I have with him. I also can't throw away what we have. Aiden, I've realized over these past few months that I've developed strong feelings for you, too. But I also still have feelings for James. And it's gonna be hard to choose between the two of you."

"Well from what you told me, it seems like he wants you to choose him. But no matter what you decide, you're still my best friend."

"Friends forever."


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