And that's the dark side -- when, at some point, you wonder if this guy you've always loved so dearly might be actual boyfriend material. Then he comes over, holds your hand, and tells you: "I don't know what I'd do without you, I love you, you're the best." And then he gives you hugs and kisses and heads home to his girlfriend. It would wear on any person -- but there's a unique struggle for the girl who rolls with the boys, and realizes she's sought after for every role except that of the woman those boys want to love unconditionally, romantically… and forever and ever.
Would I ever actually change any of this? Absolutely not. These relationships have truly shaped my identity, and are a constant source of comfort for me; they remain long after the non-platonic ones come and go, which to me, makes them the most special ones that exist.
Plus, even tomboy Joey nabs Pacey in the end.
*Maybe we made out once, but it was a really long time ago… shut up.
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