Ok, one of my best friends is a HB9, who I've been friends with for like 10 years but never once tried to game, despite a strong attraction I've always had. I've had different girlfriends over the years, she's had different boyfriends, and I just always "assumed* that i was too deep in the friend zone to even try anyway. Well, ever since we graduated college and moved back to our hometown we have been hanging out a lot more frequently. I see the girl now 4-5x a month when it used to be once every 6mos, and we're both single.
Lately, there have been IOIs and kino strongly evident while we're hanging h...but this stuff usually appears only after she's had a drink or two...and I'll flirt back and give her a compliment or two that'll make her blush. Also, she'll text me more frequently to see what am i doing that night or if i'm going out. Basically a lot of signs have been pointing toward escalation possibility here, but I'm "playing it safe" for now i guess. I'll flirt with her, but i'll also throw in a neg occasionally...and right now I'm kind of Freezing Her Out because like I said we've been seeing her with such frequency, I feel like it's in my best interest to blow her off for a few weeks...or at least not reply quickly with my plans for that night or instantly answer her texts, so that's what I'm doing right now. Like its guaranteed she will contact me soon to see what i'm doing for NYE but I dont think i will invite her to the houseparty I'll be attending, besides there will be plenty of other girls there.
I guess I'm looking for help on how others would play/not play this? Kind of a delicate situation but it does feel like she could be open to sexual escalation. Not sure the best way to go after it. I was even thinking of maybe employing Kino's bombshell on her lol, i know it'd surprise her but maybe in a good way. tia fellas.