That's what I thought we were … until we weren't, until my love for Mia was too consuming that I couldn't ignore it anymore. Until I couldn't deny it.
And when we'd lost someone close to us both—her brother, my best friend—it was that life-changing moment that I told myself to man up.
It was that loss that drew us closer, that made me realize I'd been a fool to stay back.
But we'd always been just friends. Two words that meant a hell of a lot more than I wanted them to.
Two words that were this wall between us.
Two words that I wanted gone when I looked at her.
There was a time when I would have been fine with that title. But that time had passed. I was done being just friends. I was ready to finally make Mia mine. I just hoped she felt the same way.