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He is shy. You could ask him and I think he will die if you ask him or faint at least. I would if a girl asked me out or made a move. I am shy as well. At least love shy. I can't look any girl and become almost mute around girls.
He will never admit in front of even his friends he likes you. And he might be an obedient son as well. You will have to talk to him and ask him. And no it will not look desperate if you talked to him by starting a little conversation.