Re: What to do now?
A few things... that is a long time to be friends. So that's a tough thing to overcome. If you took your friendship and texting, etc. to a sexual level (sexually charged texts, funny, etc.) then it will be easier. But it sounds like she likes you, but maybe not in a boyfriend way. A big thing is, telling her, you should decide, I think is always not a great approach. It makes you seem weak because YOU are WAITING for a decision from her. You gave her the power and control to decide where this relationship is going. I would recommend never doing that with anyone. It's a powerful thing. She on some level knows, now, that you are waiting for her.
My recommendation is to truly try to disengage from her. Of course talk to her, be friendly, but disengage for awhile. Do your own thing, have your own social life, have your own set of girls that you are working, and let her see that. Not on purpose, but if you are truly going to go on a date with another girl and this hb9 says, let's hang out, say, sorry, but i'm hanging out with this girl, i gotta go, etc... There is no quick fix here. You have been friends for too long, and now you have the control to her. Give it time. I don't know exactly how much time, but it will take time with this one.
The world is your matrix. You control the strings.