Don’t Act Like We’re Friends When We Both Know We’re More Than That

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I’m not interested in being friends with benefits or finding a hookup buddy. I don’t take half-measures, so I’m either going to date you or I’m not. Nothing in between will work for me, so don’t act like we’re friends when we both know we’re more than that.

  1. Friends don’t have sex. They don’t kiss, either. And they certainly don’t cuddle in bed together at the same time each week without exception. So stop calling me your friend, because we’ve moved past that step a long time ago.
  2. You’re not going to be single forever. I know you want to keep your options open. I know that you want to be considered a bachelor. But we’re basically in a relationship already, so stop pretending that you’re living some swinging singles life, and accept the fact that you want to be with me and only me.
  3. You can’t take back what happened. You can’t kiss me one day and then pretend it didn’t happen the next day. You know we’re both thinking about the intimate moment that we shared. Why should we go through the trouble of lying to ourselves?
  4. Relationships aren’t as scary as you think. No, you won’t be allowed to flirt with other girls once we become official, but other than that, nothing’s going to change once you stop calling me your friend and start calling me your girlfriend. I’m still going to make you laugh daily, and I’m still going to sleep with you weekly.
  5. You can’t keep running from your feelings. You can pretend you don’t like me, but everyone knows how you feel. Your friends already consider me part of the group and your family already considers me one of their own. You’re the last one to come to terms with how you feel.
  6. I don’t want to be treated like your friend. I don’t want to set you up with my cousin. I don’t want to hear about the other girls you’ve been flirting with. You should know that by now, so don’t insult me by acting like you don’t want to be with me.
  7. You’re confusing the hell out of me. I don’t know if you want to have a one-night stand with me or if you want me to be the mother of your children. But either way, you have to acknowledge that there’s something between us. I want to know where you stand, so I can sort out my own feelings.
  8. We’re wasting precious time. All of this time we’re spending hanging out as friends could be spent dating. We both know how we feel, so what are we waiting for? I’m ready to take the next step if you are.
  9. We’re not going to ruin the friendship. We’re going to make it better. So stop pushing me away romantically, out of fear that you’re going to lose me as a friend. I’m not going anywhere.
  10. I can’t handle the FWB life. I’m not capable of sleeping with you at night and then keeping my distance during the day. Acting like you don’t mean anything to me is killing me. If you actually give a damn about me, then you won’t keep putting me through that.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.