Just don’t

When he waits for you so you can walk down the hallway together, don’t go to him. Ignore him, stick your nose up in the air, and walk on by. Act like a stuck-up snob and don’t give him the time of day, and he will come crawling to you. You’re the puppeteer, he’s the helpless boy on strings. Don’t go to him.

Don’t talk to him when he asks you a question. Simply walk away and pay no attention. Don’t laugh at his stupid jokes or his adorable facial expressions. (Wow, I need to write that down! That rhymed! A la Poe!) Avert your eyes whenever his chocolate browns attempt to swallow you whole. Don’t give him the time of day.

Simply inhale slowly and exhale sharply and hold all of your feelings in. Ignore what he says. Don’t aid him in his time of need. Eventually he will want you back, right? Wrong. Just because you feel that it was the way it was a year ago, doesn’t mean that he feels the same, although it certainly seems like it.

Don’t listen to what other people tell you. Go with your gut, and don’t say a word. Don’t reminisce on what happened yesterday when it is what is happening RIGHT NOW that truly matters. Don’t take their word for it, even though it sounds so right. Don’t act cute and sweet and little; return to the hard cold shell you hid in last year when you messed it up before.

Don’t act all buddy-buddy with him when you both really know what you are thinking. Ignore his amazing smile and smell and the memories he carries. Don’t let him get to you. Don’t face rejection. Just be (barely) friends. Ignore him.

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