Luke: He tried not to be upset. He needed to take it like a man, but that was hard to do when he’d put his heart on the line, only to have it stepped on. He had prepared for this - you guys were just friends afterall - but he prayed so hard you’d say it back. Of course you wouldn’t, though. You were beautiful and he was just a boy who stumbled over his own thoughts, and didn’t know exactly what to say to make you see him as anything more than a best friend.
Ashton: You couldn’t say it back, and he understood. It wasn’t that you didn’t feel it - God it consumed you - but you were scared. You’d seen love die too many times, and you’d rather die a thousand deaths than let what you have with him disappear. No one had ever made you feel this way, and you were terrified that saying it out loud would somehow curse it. He was the best thing that had ever walked into your life, and you’d be damned if you’d just let him walk out. Instead, you kissed him and let every feeling you had for him pour into his mouth.
Calum: He said it, and watched as the smile that lit up your face suddenly dimmed. That was all the confirmation he needed. How could he have been so stupid? Of course you didn’t love him, you had a boyfriend. One that was handsome, and funny, and could give you all the things he couldn’t. All he felt was anger. Not at you - never at you - but at himself for allowing these feelings for you to grow. He should’ve crushed them the moment the first bud bloomed, but he selfishly didn’t. He was too caught up in the smell of your hair, and how your smile made him tingly.
Michael: As much as you loved hearing the words fall from his lips, you just couldn’t do it. You two had tried too many times, and it always had the same result. You loved him, but you couldn’t do this to yourself anymore, and neither should he. The two of you were toxic, and as much as you wanted to be together, you knew deep down you shouldn’t be. He needed a girl that added flames to his fire, not one who doused it. The expression on his face hurt too much to look at, so with one wary smile, you turned and walked away. You couldn’t even bear to answer him.