So, I'm writing a story with a young guy not really having many people he can call friends around... meeting a girl with a (hopefully) interesting character, who is quite beautiful on top of it. Where's the catch? Yea, it won't happen, they just don't match that well. But they still like each other, simply as friends.
Now, to the characters, that won't be much of a problem, but I really fear for the readers. Man, I've been so pissed at one or the other pairing simply not happening in other people's stories! I don't want this to happen to my readers.
I've been thinking about twisting the story to divert attention from the girl in question, but there's not much space in the spotlight at first. The girl is quite certain she's not interested in him that way. But how blatantly can she say that without implying that she's overdoing it and might change her mind later, as what the Japanese call "tsundere" characters always do?
This is one of the achievements I hand to Harry Potter; in the books, I never saw something between Harry and Hermione possible or reasonable, even though they got along well. Though that utterly failed in the movies, where they changed her from outsider bookworm to a very self-conscious star model that can do anything. Heh.
Is there something subtle I can mix in to clarify that this pairing just won't happen? Or, should I worry about this at all?