y/f/n = your friend’s name
When you woke up the next morning, Justin wasn’t in the bed next to you like you assumed he would be. Thus confused you. You didn’t know whether he stayed the night at y/f/n’s house or if he was downstairs somewhere, but you were hoping it was the second one. You don’t think you could handle the possibility of your two best friends sleeping together first thing in the morning. Especially when he just decided to ask her out last night.
You got out of bed and went to the bathroom. You quickly emptied your bladder and, after washing your hands, you brushed your teeth using the toothbrush that Justin bought since you slept over so much. You got one of his spare towels and washed your face before messing with your hair, trying to make it look as presentable as it could after sleeping on it without any protection. Afterwards, you left the bathroom and headed downstairs to search for your best friend.
The first place you looked was the kitchen. You knew that if Justin was awake this early he’d be stuffing his face with something and you were right. The minute you walked into the kitchen you saw him sitting at the island, hair disheveled with his torso bare, eating a bowl of cereal as he looked at his phone.
“Good morning.” you said as you went into his refrigerator, deciding to get yourself a glass of juice. You were planning on leaving soon so you’d grab something to eat at your house.
“Good morning sleepyhead.” he said, making a small smile spread on your face as you got a glass out of the cabinet. You poured yourself half a glass of juice before putting it back and taking a seat next to your messy-haired friend.
“What are you looking at?” you asked, leaning over slightly to peek at his phone. On it was a picture of you and him from a couple of months ago.
“Just.. going through my pictures.” he said. He scrolled to another picture of the two of you that was even older.
“Oh my God! I can’t believe you still have that!” you said. It was from a party soooo long ago that you didn’t even remember exactly when it was. Both of you were sticking your tongue out at the camera, probably too drunk to even take a normal picture.
“I still have videos from that night, too.” he told you. You took a sip of your juice before responding.
“Why?” you asked him.
“I don’t know, I just like keeping stuff like that to look back on.” he said, shrugging. He locked his phone afterwards and finished the last of his cereal before getting up and going to the sink. He ran water in the bowl and you knew it was to flush the milk out of it. He never drank the leftover milk when he ate cereal and it always bothered you. It’s just wasteful.
Your mind drifted off, focusing on nothing specifically as you continued to drink your juice. A bunch of mini-thoughts, daydreams, and brief memories passed through your mind as you sat there. You kept drinking your juice until there was none left but you didn’t notice, being too into all of the crazy things in your head. The only thing that managed to gain your attention away from them was Justin. When he spoke all of your thoughts went away and your head snapped towards him.
“So, do you want to.. go somewhere today?” he asked. You quickly shook your head.
“I was actually going to leave soon.” You absentmindedly went to take another sip of juice but quickly noticed that your glass was empty. You moved from the spot next to Justin and went to the sink to wash your glass out and the bowl and spoon he’d just used while you were at it before putting everything away.
“You don’t have to, you know, we could hang out.” he told you. You dried your hands and turned around to meet his stare.
“I thought you’d be hanging out with y/f/n today.” you said. He just shook his head. “Well when is your date with her then? She did say yes, right?” you asked him. He hesitated before he answered.
“She.. she actually turned me down.” he said. Despite the look of confusion on your face, you felt an overwhelming amount of happiness. The fact that there was still a chance of you two going out gave you a feeling of hope.
“Really? Did she say why?” you asked him, sitting down next to him but in a position that allowed you to fully face him. He nodded his head, but took a while to verbally answer your question.
“I can’t believe you didn’t tell me, y/n.” he said, making you genuinely confused.
“Tell you wha-”
“You let me go over there and ask her out without even hinting that you have feelings for me.” he said. Now a feeling of nervousness replaced everything you felt.
“Justin, what are you talking about?” you asked. Something inside of you just wouldn’t let this happen. Despite your hopes of wanting to become his girlfriend one day, you didn’t want him to know that you liked him.. at least not now, not this way.
“You know what I’m talking about, y/n. Y/f/n told me that you like me and have liked me for some time. It’s why she refused to go out with me.. she said it’d break your heart.”
“I have never told her that I have feelings for you.” you said, truthfully. You didn’t tell anyone, you just kept it to yourself.
“Yeah, I know… but do you really think she doesn’t know you enough to know when you like someone? She’s known you longer than I have.” he said. You stayed silent, not really knowing what to say. You never thought your feelings were obvious enough to pick up on so you’re baffled by the fact that y/f/n had and you wondered how long she had known. “It just makes me feel like a dick… Here I am, asking you if I should ask out your friend and you like me. I know I’d be hurt and mad if it was me so I never wanted to make you feel that way.”
“Well, I don’t feel that way. Y/f/n is wrong, I don’t like you. And since that’s the only reason she said no then she should say yes after I tell her, right?” You immediately stood up and went back up to Justin’s room to get your phone. You didn’t know what had got into you and why you were so adamant to keep this act going, but you weren’t going to stop now. The only reason he’s not going out with the girl he really likes is because you like him and you weren’t going to stand in the way of his happiness like that.
You couldn’t even find y/f/n’s name in your phone before it was snatched out of your hands. You turned around and was met by Justin’s face. After rolling your eyes you simply put your hand out to silently ask for your phone back.
“You’re not getting it back. I won’t allow you to try to hide this anymore.”
“I’m not hiding anything! I’m going to tell y/f/n that I have no feelings for you then you two can go on your date and be a happy couple, okay, so give me my phone.“ you told him. His stubbornness was really starting to get on your nerves.
"No, I don’t even want to go out with y/f/n anymore. Not knowing you have feelings for me. You can lie all you want but now I see it. She helped me realize all of the signs I was missing. How you treat me, look at me.. how you’re never interested in any other guy and are willing to cancel on every plan you have just to sit at home with me. Now that I know this, I’m not going to hurt you by going out with your best friend.” he told you.
You let out a sigh. There was no way you could keep this act going now. He wouldn’t even consider for a moment that maybe you didn’t like him. He was so sure that you did and you knew y/f/n was to blame.
“So what are you going to do, Justin?” you asked him. A smirk slowly appeared on his face, which made you give him a look of suspicion. “Why are you looking at me like that?”
“Because… I wanted to know if you’d go on a date with me?” he said. As you processed what he just asked you, he skipped over to the closet. He opened it and pulled out something. You couldn’t tell what it was until he turned around and headed towards you, making you put your hands up to cover your mouth in shock. In his hands was a huge bouquet of red roses. You’ve never seen a bouquet this big in real life, only on tumblr. He had a smile on his face as he pushed them towards you, making you hold them yourself. You just looked down at them as he spoke again.
“I know I just asked your friend out yesterday but knowing what I know now…. I want to try things out with us. So… would you like that?..” he said to you. You honestly couldn’t believe all of this was happening. Just last night you fell asleep thinking that you had to swallow your emotions and support Justin being with another girl and today he’s giving you flowers and asking to take you out? It was all really overwhelming.
Without saying a word, you just nodded your head yes. You took the flowers in one hand and wrapped your free arm around Justin’s neck. He let out a small laugh as you held him tight with him doing the same thing to your waist. You never wanted to let him go. You were finally at a point where you could show how much you liked him without worrying if he liked you back or if it’d be weird for him. It’s sort of cliché but this was definitely the best day of your life and you hoped there were many more days like this to come.