The thought of having a romantic interest will always cross the mind of a caring person. Having a true friend offers a greater reach and understanding than expecting a relationship to blossom out of nothing.
Is it not too much to ask of a partner, friend or lover to offer the same degree of respect that is delicately put forth by yourself. If you are contemplating the temptation to further what is so clearly a friendship, understand the view to which that person is coming from. Do not allow your mind to conjure images of happiness or romance that is not offered or returned.
If your late night talks revolve around the desire to seek a more permanent relationship, you really are a friend or at the most, a friend with benefits. Do let that scenario be misinterpreted, but rather appreciate what it really has to offer you. The bonds of friendship can stand the test of time and distance. Nowhere else will you be able to tell your secrets, desires and plans to without some type of judgment on the other’s part. If you have this type of friendship, you have struck gold. To try and further the relationship into something it is not may destroy all common desires and trust of the other.
Be open, be honest with your thoughts and feelings, it is imperative that the awkwardness be dealt with early on, the longer one waits the harder it is for both to come to a mutual understanding of the hearts. In the end, the friendship may be far more rewarding than a short lived relationship could ever be. To be a great friend is to always be there to pick the person up, to fill them with hopes and desires to a better future with or without you.