For Trish Jones, 17, the decision to confess her lifelong crush to her best friend, Elizabeth Mary Watson, also 17, was not an easy one.
“I asked every Autostraddle editor on formspring what I should do, but they never answered my question,” Trish tells Autostraddle. “I even asked the girls on the AfterEllen forums for advice but they just kept talking about their crush on Shay Mitchell. Anyhow I’m glad nobody gave me advice, because following my heart was the best choice I’ve ever made.”
Trish didn’t make a plan for confessing her love — “It just sort of like, happened.”
It happened last Friday night at the Westwood High Sadie Hawkins Dance, which Trish was attending without a date, mostly just to be there for Elizabeth in case anything happened. Besides, “the whole Sadie Hawkins thing is like kinda misogynist or whatever,” Trish says.
While lurking behind the fake palm trees, Trish was able to see Elizabeth dancing with a popular and good-looking senior male who Trish describes as “a total douchebag.” That’s when Trish decided it was time to pull her friend away from this predator and introduce her to the pleasures of Sapphistry.
“To be honest I was like half in the bag,” Trish told us. “So that helped give me courage, you know? But Elizabeth never drinks at high school dances. She’s very responsible and beautiful, and her hair always smells like oranges.”
Trish had told Elizabeth she “might be bisexual” in 8th grade, and Elizabeth was “pretty cool with it” and also definitely watches Pretty Little Liars, so. Now it was time for Trish to explain to Elizabeth that she’d been obsessed with her since grade school and that she could treat her better than any of those douchey guys she’s always hanging out with. Trish shared her Elizabeth Text Message archive with Elizabeth to point out the lesbian subtext Elizabeth perhaps was unaware of at the time and reminded Elizabeth that she’d described Shane as “kinda hot” when Trish made her watch The L Word that one time when she slept over, and also that she’d once mentioned feeling attracted to Angelina Jolie.
“I told her — ‘I’m in love with you and want to be with you.’ And she was like, I love you too.”
“I’d never really thought about girls in a sexual way before,” said Elizabeth. “And I really do enjoy dating men. But Trish made so many good points! Like, I’d never heard of ‘sexual fluidity’ but it sounds right, right? I have always really liked Angelina Jolie and I LOVE Autostraddle.”
Was Trish surprised that her friend reciprocated the love and denounced her heterosexuality? “Not really,” Trish said. “I had initially planned to write her a song and bring her flowers to accompany the presentation if that was necessary, but the heart wants what the heart wants, you know?”
“I’d always wondered why Trish never had a boyfriend or a girlfriend,” Elizabeth confirms. “Now I realize that she was giving all of her romantic energy to ME, I was just too heterosexual to notice!”
So far, so good, says Trish — Elizabeth promptly broke up with her boyfriend and spent the rest of the dance in Trish’s arms. “I didn’t even care when they played Katy Perry,” Trish says. “I was just too happy!”
What’s in store for these lucky ladies? Elizabeth confirms: “We’ll probably be together forever.”