I have an interesting predicament with a girl I know, any help would be great from anyone that has been in my situation or any advice would be great. She is a 10, even the personality. Recently I was tied down in a 4 year relationship, I have been single for over a year and a half now just taking it easy and spending time on me, the dating game is like relearning how to walk again since I was tied down for so long, I forgot what it was like! Anyways, I met her and her boyfriend as friends initially, then they broke up, he no longer talks to me but her and I have remained good friends. One night they were fighting and she let out that she'd rather be dating me than him since I was at least nice. I didn't know about this until after they broke up, I was wondering why my guy friend didn't talk to me anymore, now it made sense. I'm having a very hard time deciphering whether or not she likes me more than a friend or if I am stuck in the dreaded friend zone. I don't care if I'm stuck in the friend zone because she's a great friend, but that added bonus would be great to experience in the future or just knowing, like they say in GI Joe "knowing is half the battle". She says phrases such as "if we were ever to date","you're such a good friend, I want you to know that", "I'm so glad were friends", "I think its good to be friends before dating so you get to learn about a person" all of this can be confusing at times. She can be sometimes hard to read, especially with her gestures which can borderline at times. She gives me all the IOIs from a girl that would like me though, even though she refers to our friendship often. When I squeeze her hands she squeezes back, she maintains eye contact, when we were out we will make eye contact when we are separated and will hold it, she will text after we hang out explaining how much fun she had, she introduces me to her friends by my name (not this is my friend "my name"), she will touch me and I will touch her back and she won't flinch, she hugs me and kisses my cheek at the end of the night, she tells me to call her the next day (sometimes I don't just so I don't appear desperate), she laughs at my jokes and uses my language. Also I have recently lost weight which she complimented me on and how I have improved in my fashion and dressing sense, as well as how I look and smell nice (which is a phrase I use), she calls me "dear", always uses lots of faces when we text. I don't want to date her right away and am fine with being friends with her even if nothing happens, but just knowing I could excel the friendship to more one night would be nice. Recently I tested her in telling her that my fortune cookie said "my dearest wish would come true". She then replied "does that mean to settle down with a wife and have 10 kids", to which I replied that "she was wife material and was curious how she wasn't tied down already and that I couldn't afford 10 kids", the response from her was that "oh I didn't mean with me, but I'm flattered that I'm wife material". I can add more details if anyone needs more, any help is greatly appreciate, thanks guys!