This isn’t a guy you’re close with, but he’s been around you for a year.
Personally I'd probably feel shocked and flattered. But it depends on her. If she thought you just somewhat liked her, especially in more of a friendly way, then she would probably be really happy to hear that. If she wants to stay friends, I think you might be right and she would maybe put some space there. It really depends on your guys' relationship, not that you have to be close or anything. To me it seems like the first thing and she's waiting for a more definite reason that you like her maybe. Ultimately, you know the most.
I wouldn't get surprised
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