I'm in a situation right now that...it's not so much of a love triangle...honestly, I don't know what to call it.
It all starts with Max. Max is a friend of mine whom I've known since I was 5. He's one of those guys that literally exudes charisma. He's a great guy, he's really smart, and each and every girl that has ever known him has a crush on him (this is extremely literal, you have NO idea). He has a couple of flaws, the most major of them having been recently revealed to me with our meeting Olivia.
During the November play (my and Max are 16, Olivia is 14) (the play was Arsenic and Old Lace), I met Olivia for the first time, and Max got to know her for 'real' (she had band class with him, but didn't see him under social circumstances). At first, it seemed to be really nice. Olivia is innocent, but in such a way that she isn't a prude or naive. I was thinking that maybe we could have a 'perfect threeway friendship' (When there isn't an imbalance created by two people having been friends for 6 years, and the third never knowing the second person, etc). However, within a week, Olivia was on Max's lap. This slightly strained our relationship, as Max and Olivia would go through periods where they would stare into each others eyes for 4, 8 minutes at a time, and I (or any other friend, for that matter) can't get a word in edgewise. Max and Livie stay with each other for 2 months, until Winter Break, when Max's ex-girlfriend came. Honestly, I was never that aware of what was happening there, but Sam (his ex) is a very dominant, though kind-hearted person. Max was (is) completely in her thrall. He broke up with her that december. I felt sorry for Livie, she cried on my shoulder for two days that week. She swore that she'd hate him at long as she lived, etc.
By mid-January, they were back together. Sam came in in February, they broke up, etc.
This is the forth time, in with Max cheated on her with her best friend. This week Olivia is hitting on Max, again.
I, as the only unbiased third party (everyone else is saying "MY GOD MAX IS AN INSENSETIVE ASSHOLE!")
am trying to think of a way to help them, while at the same time trying to stop the selfish thoughts caused by the fact that I really like Olivia.
I would be ashamed to admit that I had risen from the ranks. When I rise it will be with the ranks, and not from the ranks..