I just started a relationship with this really awesome girl. She's beautiful, smart, loves sarcasm almost as much as I do, and is just generally fun to be around. I've been friends with her for a pretty long time now (a year and change) and there had always been an underlying tension between us. The catch is that one of her best friends (one of my best friends too) used to (and probably still does) have feelings for me. I never even entertained the thought of going out with her friend but she maintained that I led her on, and that became the generally accepted history. She is extremely hurt and bitter that we're going out. Now, when I'm with my girlfriend and I see her friends (who are practically always around), I don't know what to do around her. Everyone has tried to paint us to be these horrible people and I know its hard on her. Do you think I should be touchy feely (holding her hand, arm around her, etc.)? Should I just try to avoid those situations? Also, do you think it was wrong of me to pursue my current girlfriend, when I knew how badly her friend would hurt? Thank you. And yeah, as you could probably tell I'm 18 and still in high school.