Ok so let me just paint you a quick picture. You've known this HB10 for years (mutual friends) and you've liked her for a while. She clearly friendzoned you at the beginning of the relationship - she either has a bf or said she didn't like you that way. Now fast forward 2 years and you're at her house doing whatever, hanging out. You're starting to fall for her, keep this in mind - you don't see her as being like all other girls that you can just simply game.
You begin noticing ioi's and you're feeling a spark between the two of you - she's being really friendly and reciprocative, she's wearing alluring clothing even though it's just you and her, hell maybe she's even wearing a skirt and she'll tease you by spreading her legs wide so you can see her panties and all that. Vague ioi's but they're there nonetheless...
What do you do? Remember - YOU LIKE THIS GIRL! YOU CAN'T TREAT HER LIKE ANY OTHER!
What i do... (lol) ... I hear something she says that's a little flirty and at first my rationality will say "dude that's a farking ioi, if this were any other girl it would be an ioi for sure" and your emotions tell you "ignore it dude, she just wants to be friends and she's being friendly, plus she already told you she doesn't like you like that". I see her showing her panties and i can barely unglue my eyes but i do just before she looks back at me. She stares into your eyes for multiple seconds, there definitely seems to be attraction there - rationality: if i didn't know any better, it'd seem she's hella into me...
You guys hang out for another hour or two and it's time for her to kick you out. You're about to leave when you turn around into her eyes, she stares back with that fire in her eyes again. So... just as a test you decide to give it a shot. As you're saying your goodbyes you walk slowly up to her, you triangulate her 2 eyes and lips and again if you didn't know any better she'd really seem to be into you, despite what you seem to KNOW about her. You stop about a foot away from her for a second, you lean in as if you were gonna kiss her (and she doesnt pull away!) and you grab her shoulders and pull her close to you for a tight hug. as you let go you say "you know if you wanted to kiss me, you could just ask...". It takes her a minute to realize what you just said. She get's flustered and she takes a step back "WHat, dude you're misreading all of this" is her response, she's obviously afraid of it as much as we are and can't bring hereself to talk about it straight up. you leave it at that.
I get home and think more about how the night went. My rationality battles with my emotions for days. After about a week i spill all of my feelings into a few 5 page texts and send them off. This text included my love that was developing for her, my lust, my desires, why i thought she was into me (all of my ioi's that i ever recieved), why i thought she was resisting me, why i was afraid to just simply make a move, what i liked about her, etc, etc, etc... She never texted back. I think i ended up appologizing for coming on too strong but it was too late. No response to that either. This happened about... 6 months ago?
I'm great with girls that i have no friendship with but when i have the time to fall in love with a girl before i start courting them, i have absolutely no chance, no courage. I see things how i'd dream they'd be between us years down the road, or even days down the road when we'd be dating, but i have no clue how to so much as begin getting them there(i try to plan ten moves ahead like in chess but i feel like i simply lack the pieces to get me there). In a couple years i may be able to salvage things but for right now i'm wondering how you fellas woulda reacted... Direct, indirect? Honesty, seduction? Escalation? Ugh... I have no clue, i couldn't think of sh1t so i just used pure honesty.
Edit: In reality, there were ioi's spread out over the course of about a month or 2. These were just a couple from one night when i finally reached my resolve.