Toshiro's cheeks flared up as he looked at Karin. His voice stammered and the words couldn't come out. "How come this is happening? I've managed to admit my feelings about her to myself, so why can't I admit that I like her to her face?"
"Perhaps it has to do with the fact you're afraid of messing up?"
"I am not afraid of messing up. I know full well that is a possibility and happen to be nervous about this, but I am not afraid of this. Being afraid is a different feeling."
"What about the fear of being rejected?"
"All right... so that may be a problem." Toshiro's mouth hung open, unable to say anything. "Why wouldn't she reject me?"
Karin watched her best friend carefully, a frown on her face. Normally when they talked he was able to speak with no problems. Right now he was stammering at best, but simply staring at her as if his mind was frozen. "You know that he wants to confess to you, right?"
"This is a bad time."
"Why? Because you're not willing to deal with him? Because you don't reciprocate his feelings?"
"I'm more then willing to deal with him, but I thought it would be longer and that I would have time to think of how to respond to him. He can be quite sensitive if one doesn't use the right wording. I mean, he's quite literal about things. I do reciprocate his feelings though." Karin sighed. "Fine... I'll do it that way."
Toshiro squeaked. "Karin... I..."
Karin took a deep breath. "I like you Toshiro."
"Like a friend?" The boy paled.
Karin sighed, rolling her eyes into the back of her head. She leaned forward and kissed him lightly on the lips. "I think you know what I mean."
"What do you mean why?"
"I was supposed to..." The boy looked at the ground. "I was supposed to be the one to..."
"Don't worry about it. I've known for some time that you reciprocate my feelings."
"How?" Toshiro looked back up at her. "I wasn't able to tell that you reciprocated my feelings."
"You're not very good at understanding people's emotions."
"I'm sorry." The boy looked at the ground. "I don't understand why you would like me. I mean... I was expecting..."
"... for me to reject you." Karin sighed. "I'm fully aware of your self-esteem issues as well." The girl placed her hands behind her back and rocked back onto her heals. "I'll tell you why I like you. You balance me out, and I balance you out. You are my best friend. By best friend I don't mean the kind of friend that I expect to eventually grow away from, but the kind of best friend I want to spend the rest of our lives together."
Toshiro's face paled and his cheeks flushed up. "Not fair. I wanted to say something like that."
Karin sighed and leaned forward. She kissed his cheek softly.