Sorry guys, get ready for a lot of reading.
Okay, so at the beginning of this year, I was buds with a guy, we talked once in awhile. One time we were talking in class, and continued our conversation until our paths home diverged. (We were talking about whether or not the universe could theoretically be compacted into a small space before expanding further than before. Yeah, we're nerds. ;)) But anyways, walking home, I started wondering how I felt about him. I was worried about getting hurt, and I thought that he could never like me, so I kept pushing the thought away. I eventually started thinking something like "You don't like him. You wouldn't enjoy a date with him. Like a picnic in the park... a trip to the movies... with a special kiss..." I started daydreaming and nearly crashed my bike into a bush. Then I knew I liked him, but never said anything about it except to my friends.
Later, he started dating another girl. I was sad, they stayed together for a couple months, but eventually broke up (stayed friends). Awhile after that, my friend told him how I felt in between classes (mostly against my will), but during free time, he came up and said he liked me too! When the bell rang, he zipped up and handed me my backpack (such a gentleman! ^-^). We walked a bit together before we had to go separate ways.
A weekend went by, and we sat together. But for some reason, we both tried to talk to the other, but there was this awkward silence. On (Monday or Tuesday, can't remember), he (very gently) broke up with me because we didn't "click". Does everybody go through this awkward stage of a relationship at the beginning?
Later, a mutual friend said that once he told her that he was lucky to have even had a girlfriend because (he thought) he was ugly. He always looked like he was about to say something to me, but didn't. He looked nervous. Once in a while, I would catch him staring at me in class, then looking away really quickly. My friend saw it too, so I know I'm not imagining things.
This happened a few months ago, in February. Things immediately went back to how it was before we dated, (minus what I said about him looking like he wanted to talk): a little quiet between us. Now it's the end of May, and a the 8th grade dance is coming up. I still really, really like him. So, do you think I should ask him? Also, we're both 13, and actually share several interests, I think.
Thanks for reading so much! :)