Ok, long story short. My best friend's sister also became a very good friend, time went on, feelings have developed. I've known her about a year now and she is basically everything I want in a girl. Being around her, thinking of her, just lifts my spirits. She just, makes me smile. However, telling her how I feel about her, asking her out, whatever, isn't an option, I'm 24, she's 17. If we were say, in our 20's, the age difference wouldn't bother me, but she's just simply too young. Obviously not too young to have these feelings for, but too young to explore them. I just don't know how to deal with it. When I'm around her I'm happy, and when I'm not, I can't help but think about how things can't go any further. So right now, my moods are usually major highs and lows. I think it would help me if I could tell her how I feel, just to say "I have these feelings for you, but don't worry, I'm not going to try anything" Just so I don't have to deal with the stress of keeping my emotions so hidden and repressed all the time. After this long though, and taking all the details into consideration, I'm afraid she'd freak (even though she's a very understanding person in general) and I may lose, or seriously damage our friendship. So yeah, me not being able to be more with her isn't really the issue as much as not being able to find a way to deal with these feelings. I've had all of one relationship in my life, about 8 years ago, and haven't had feelings like this for anyone else since then...until now, so that's why it's such a big issue for me. I'm just at a loss and curious to see how others may approach a problem like this.