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Annie’s Mailbox: Man afraid to risk friendship

Dear Annie: I am in a bit of a bind. One of my closest friends is like a female version of me.

We can talk to each other about anything, from relationships to off-the-wall topics that most people would consider strange.

However, when we talk to each other about our recent sexual exploits, some not-too-subtle flirting occurs between us.

This makes me believe she wants to be more than friends, she gets the same vibe from me.

Recently, she kissed me to see if the attraction was there. She tried to play it cool as if it meant nothing, but that kiss made me want to find out if there really could be more between us.

I’m sure she feels the same way. I just don’t know how to go about expressing to her that I’d like to give it a try without damaging a great friendship.

I’m confused. Any suggestions?

— Chicago

Dear Chicago: Ann Landers said, “Love is friendship that has caught fire.”

Your friend obviously is interested in a romantic relationship, but she is waiting for you to make the next move.

We say, go for it. It is possible that if things don’t work out, the friendship will be awkward for a while, although it can recover. But if you don’t take the risk, you will always wonder “what if.”

Good luck.

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