So, I'm writing a scene that I've played over and over in my head, and I've got high expectations for it. There's a guy and a girl who are good friends, and it's the point in the story where they realize they have feelings for each other. They're not confessing their love to one another or falling into bed together or anything too dramatic, but I want to make sure I don't write the scene too schmaltzy or sentimental while still conveying that they do have strong feelings for each other. More specifically, I'm debating whether to include a conversation along the lines of, "I thought you didn't like me like that. You don't date girls like me. I'm not your type." "Says who? You think I'd risk (plot points) for just anyone?" (With a little more finesse, but you get the idea). They have a very sarcastic, teasing relationship, so a serious conversation of any sort is a little unusual. Do I include the convo, with him assuring her that he does, in fact, like her? Or does that seem like it's juvenile and forcing the point? By actually writing this all out I think I've convinced myself that I don't have to actually have the guy say "I like you, a lot. You're perfect for me." I just want to make sure the scene has the gravity that I want it to. Does anyone have any advice on writing romantic/sentimental scenes without going over the top with schmaltzy language? Thanks in advance for any help!