I had told my guy friend of 5 years that I liked him, his reply to this was that he’s not ready for a relationship, especially a long distance one, because he’s abroad. Keep in mind we’re still very close but he usually comes every summer.
The thing is, he didn’t reject nor admitted to liking me, but he still continues to treat me the way he used to. For instance, he will stare at me from a distance, and when I do catch him he turns shy and looks at his feet. Every conversation he maintains eye contact, holds my hand longer than a normal handshake would, and he’s very touchy.
This one time we were in a group conversation, and another one of my guy friends that he’s not too familiar with came up and hugged me from behind. The look and facial expression that he gave to the guy was so obvious, even my other guy friend saw and gave me the “what just happened” look.
And when he’s concerned I’m his number one priority, he will literally stop his conversation to make sure that I’m okay. But other times, I don’t know what’s happening. He just ignores me. And when I do it back to him, he thinks that I’m mad at him. But his hugs are to die for, he always wants a hug when he sees me, and if he doesn’t get one, he is moody the whole day.
Of lately, I found out that his mom knows social things about me, like my job, so it had to be him discussing with her. She seem fond of me, too, asking for me when I’m not at certain events and whenever she looks at me is usually in a fond way. That counts, doesn’t it?
And lastly, when we have those close-up lost-in-the-moment eye contact, it feels intense, like no one else around matters, and those usually last for more than 10 seconds, and he always give me this one-sided smile. To me all of that points to the positive, but I don’t know why he is holding back, please help?