1. Second-guess everything — every joke, every status update, every outfit — for fear they might read the wrong thing into it and completely call your bluff on your feelings.
2. Clam up and avoid using the word “love” when you’re around them. Even if you’re eating some particularly amazing French fries and saying “I love these French fries” would not be able to become misconstrued as “I love you,” nope, no, no way, you’re not saying it.
3. Use the word “we” for the first time when talking about something you did together, and subsequently backtrack as to how exactly you got to this point of the holy “We.”
4. Find yourself remembering random bits of information about what they like and dislike and things that could possibly be inside jokes, and consciously making a little effort here and there to show them you care by repeating…
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