Troy and I hit it off immediately. I hadn't realized it when I met him but he was very artistic so we had something in common. We became friends soon after meeting, and I didn't even have to go out of my way to meet him. Soon, Troy was walking me to my next class after our art class. We would spend our breaks together and we were always joking around with one another. I had a huge crush. But Troy never asked me out and although he often flirted with me, I felt more like a friend than anything more serious.
Troy was always nebulous. He would be at school for several days and then I wouldn't see him for a week or more. I didn't really understand why he wasn't at school every day. I knew he had a part time job, but he was absent far too often to be taking time off for work. I wanted to understand him, but I wasn't around him often enough to have a chance. I finally decided Troy and I were not meant to be.