If I don’t say anything–not out loud, not where anyone can hear.
If I don’t write it down–don’t leave proof, no records, no trace.
If I don’t admit it happened, then did it really?
But just asking that means something existed to be asked about. To be willfully forgotten and thrown into the oblivion.
It’s not a big deal, the fuss makes it worse than it is, and yet some part of me still wants it to be buried.
It’s stupid. Silly. Not even a second, just the briefest of moments.
God, why am I even still thinking about it? Hours after it happened. Still blushing and running hands through my hair, nervous and coy and bewildered.
He winked at me, mouth curved into a sideways smile.
It was aimed at me. For me, an inside joke for the two of us. Just a small comment given a touch of humor and a delicate layer of secrecy.
It didn’t mean anything.
My heart is still fluttering.
Here’s the thing: he’s not the most handsome guy I’ve ever seen.
I’ve seen more classically beautiful men, met far smoother charmers. He’s not even my most handsome friend. He’s just one of the guys who, yes, has very nice eyes and a way of making me laugh.
And, I mean, I’ve thought about it before. When I first joined the group, learning as much as I can about the members as I tried to find a space for myself… he helped with that, it’s true… and I know that, if he has a type, then I’m not far from it.
It’s been months–over a year–why now?
(You were gone for two weeks, and it both did and didn’t seem so long. Weekends punctuated by hanging out with the guys replaced by keeping track of drunken bachelorettes and high strung actors and slightly ill relatives.
You spotted him, once, driving in the opposite direction–head unconsciously, unwillingly, turning to watch him go by.
You missed them all, of course, through it wasn’t very long.
Maybe you missed him the most.)
A/N: I KNOW I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING EXTERNALITY! AAAAAHHHHH BUT I DIDN’T HAVE VERY LONG AND ALSO I HAVE TO DO STUFF TOMORROW STARTING IN THE MORNING SO I WON’T HAVE MUCH TIME THEN EITHER. AAAAAAHHHHH