The last thing you want is to have one of your close mates admit he has a thing for you when the feelings aren’t mutual.
Once he voices his feelings, there’s no real way to say no without hurting him and you can even risk wounding his pride to the point it will damage your friendship.
To avoid any awkwardness, try giving him a few subtle hints if you suspect if he’s hoping for more – this way you can make your point while avoiding ‘the conversation’:
- Remind him he’s just like a brother to you
- Say no to anything that even resembles a date
- Lunchtime coffee is fine, but don’t overdo it
- Encourage him to ask out a few other women