"Anyone would’ve done the same thing, you know." He tells her.  In fact, that’s what he’s been telling himself since the day before.  He isn’t a violent guy. He doesn’t believe in punching people willy nilly. But when he saw those jerks bullying Rae like that… He wasn’t sure what came over him. 

"No, they wouldn’t." She replies. No, he knows, they wouldn’t. So why did he? He didn’t even like Rae.  She was always banging on about something and staring at him. Always had to be the center of attention. She wasn’t even that cute… Well, okay, she was pretty cute. And funny. If he was honest, he quite enjoyed their bickering.  In fact, he was looking forward to her reaction to his mixtape for the car. 

"I thought this was your favorite song," he smiles at her in the car. And that’s when it hits him. This is not bickering but flirting. Not only did he not dislike Rae, he was quite ridiculously, head over heels, in love with her. He loved her half smile, the constant eye rolling, the jokes, the serious talks, her boobs - well, wait, that doesn’t belong in there.  In any case, this is it, he thought. He’s gonna have to repair the damage he’s done in the beginning of their friendship. And what better time to start than right now?