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Mason's POV

There wasn't a single fiber of my being of me that wanted to feel this way right now.

In fact, I started debating not saying anything at all.

But as every single step went on, my feet only blindly moving,

I knew a moment like this wasn't going to come around again.

It was now or never.

On my right was the one girl that could ever get me this nervous.

Kim.

I still remember the day I first got to know her.

It was a gorgeous early August night, just a week from a year ago.

It was the day we became best friends.

She is something more special to me than you could imagine.

And then there was that night.

Christmas Eve, almost seven months ago.

I went to her house for dinner that night.

And as I left her that evening, closing her front door, looking at her one last time,

I realized.

It was her.

I realized that I loved her.

And I wasn't going to let her go.

And since that moment, I've been working to get the courage up.

The courage to finally make her mine.

I still want to know why it took me so long.

I think I felt like I was going to be picked on for dating a girl three years younger than me.

But I was stupid then.

In that moment, walking down her street on a late July night, it was all coming back to me.

Christmas eve in July.

That feeling of love I hadn't felt since then.

That courage was building up.

It was going to be tonight.

She'd been a great friend, but we'd gotten to enjoy that for almost a year.

It was time to go farther.

And there were two things we'd never done like a couple that I'd always wanted to be able to do.

We'd never held hands around our friends.

And we'd never kissed.

Not that I was planning on trying either of those tonight,

But I wanted to be a couple at last.

In my head, it all sounded so simple.

But we were already on her street. I looked at the house numbers, dauntingly close to hers. And my heart lurched. Again, I thought,

It was now or never.

We couldn't be "Friends" any longer. It was this moment.

Now.

Just as I was debating how to stop her from walking any farther, she solved that problem for me.

Her feet stopped, and mine did too.

I planted my foot on the ground again.

I was excited, but not nervous.

Until she turned around.

And her blue eyes caught me.

And I melted.

I was nervous now.

Her words snapped me out of my fog.

"Mason, what's wrong?"

I was searching for the right words; I knew what I wanted to say, but I wasn't sure how to say it.

I mean, how do you tell your best friend that you want to be more than friends?

But I couldn't back down, it's been too long.

"Are you alright?"

"Yeah," I said, trying the best I could to hide the nervousness in my voice.

She gave me a knowing look, making me want to confess all of my feelings to her, but I'm not sure how to.

But it's now or never.

"Are you sure?" Her words knocking me out of my fog again, her eyes full on concern.

Still, I was searching for the right words to say, but this can't wait any longer. Her house is coming into view, and night is beginning to fall, I have to tell her how I feel.

"So, we've been friends for a while," I said stupidly.

How does she do this to me?

She smiled at me and nodded, as if she were trying to tell me to continue.

"And we're really close, like we can tell each other anything. Right?" I said, a bit unsure of where this was heading.

"Yeah, of course we can tell each other anything." She replied, looking me in the eye, her blue eyes looking directly into mine.

I took a deep, nervous breath and started to continue, my pulse racing.

"Well, we've been friends, best friends, for a while now. And, so maybe we should, take a step…" I said, sounding a bit hesitant, but hit a loss for words.

"A step up… in our friendship..?"

"Yeah, like, maybe become more than friends?" I could feel the very low amout of courage I had fading. Fast.

Her eyes seemed to brighten up, but her cheeks started to turn a light pink that somebody wouldn't normally notice.

"Like… dating?"

I nodded, making the light pink turn a bit darker. I could feel the tip of my ears heating up.

"That is if you want to." There was a bit more courage that came back, but I was barely holding onto it. If it disappeared, I don't want to know what would happen.

The corners of her mouth turned up a bit, blush still present on her face, on both of our faces. She tucked a lock of hair behind her ear, and looked down at her feet, then back up, looking me in the eye.

She gave me a small nod and spoke up, "I like that idea."

We gave each other huge, goofy smiles before intertwining our fingers and walking the rest of the distance to her house, with love-struck expressions. Well, at least I had one.

We were finally together, and I couldn't wait to find out what we'll dive into, but as long as we're together, I'm totally up for the journey.

Okay, from the stars on down was actually written by my good friend on FF called artis98, who just got an FP account with the same username! Please go follow her, she's awesome! I actually, just had her write that part to help give me ideas, but I love it! Thanks so much to her!

On a separate note there's a lot of materiel for an epilogue here, anyone up for that?