>tell my friend that i'll write stories for her while she's travelling, and she doesn't have to write back or even read them
>she doesn't say anything while she's gone
>messages me today "hey, i really liked your stories. want to hang out before i head out to school? we can go to a cafe or anything"
how do i not fuck this up
i always fuck up exactly at this part, where words become actions
Just say yes. Go for a coffee, talk, and see where it goes. If she was travelling then you have it easy, you can just ask about what she did on her travels about the places she visited, that's the easiest convo you could have hoped for.
we've slept in the same bed before. i'm worried that i won't be able to come up with a plausible pretend reason.
or like, am i allowed to just be like "hey can we take off our clothes and talk?"
Dude you are way overthinking there buddy. Just go with the flow. What tension? Like if there is a sudden silence and she's looking into your eyes? That's your go-sign to lean in and kiss her. That's it. Nothing more. Chill the fuck out and don't overthink it m8.
Anyways, tell us how it went after, best of luck bro!