For me, I met my current set of friends around three years ago, when I was in seventh grade. My second girl friend in this new school shall be dubbed 'Rachel' for explanation purposes. The first, Cat, has since dropped out of my life. Anyway, so I don't confuse people or myself;
So we were at the parent-teacher night that schools here always have at the beginning of the school year. Tyler's mom and my mom were sitting near each other, and when the teacher was done talking, Tyler's mom suddenly went 'Are you Marie?!' to mine. And in turn my mom went 'Laura?!' So me and Tyler - we haven't really talked much yet, after all, it's only a week or so into the school year - look at each other and then my mom and Laura tell us how we were in the hospital baby group together and how we went to each other's first birthday parties, before I moved away.
So over the course of the year, we become pretty good friends, not because of the whole I-knew-you-in-diapers thing, but because we actually get on pretty well. In eighth grade, he ends up sitting with me in English, history, and geometry. Technically, English and history were combined into one class, but anyway; Rachel keeps making comments about how she thinks Tyler likes me or I like Tyler. One day in English/history, a classmate I will call 'Cory' asked 'Jade, are you and Tyler an item?' We say no, there's an awkward silence...Every day in geometry, Rachel keeps poking fun at us, tying our shoelaces together, or our backpacks...once she even dared Tyler to ask me out, which he didn't, thankfully.
So now we're in tenth grade and we're good friends - I'd call him my best guy friend. She's let off the pressure a little, since I get mad when she pushes us together - I don't want to lose him as a friend. That and I don't like him that way (or at least, I don't think I do - she insists that I do) and he doesn't like me that way (or at least, I don't think so - she insists that he does). What do I do when she DOES start doing it again? I'd rather handle it tactfully rather than saying 'it's none of your business now go and boil your head,' but she won't seem to get the hint. I'd also like to hear other people's stories about dealing with matchmakers. I can't be the only one, right?
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