My story is in first person from a girl's pov. I plan to write a love triangle. The characters are Minah, Ethan and Gordon. Minah and Gordon are the ones that will have the 'main relationship' and end up together eventually. The characters have just met but how do I highlight Ethan's liking for Minah through first person? Ethan is suffering from second-love interest syndrome if you will, he will eventually fall in love with her, they may have a fling- but evidently Minah's heart lies with Gordon. The characters are in hospital after Gordon got shot, Ethan is one of Gordon's friends, Minah was the one who ran to help Gordon after he was shot and now she's meeting his friends and Gordon for the first time. So- you know how you may be shy and awkward around someone you're physically attracted to? How do I let Minah and the readers know that's the way Ethan feels right now without making it cheesy and over the top? Right now I have- “You’re making me emotional now,” I say wiping away a fake tear, though I am close to actually shedding a tear or two. “As far as I’m concerned there was no other choice for me to make, I had to go out there and help him. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself otherwise. So really I did it for a selfish reason.” I joked and the boys laughed. “I don’t think a better person could have saved Gordon- thank you, Minah.” Ethan said with looking down and smiling a sheepish-smile. What else can I write that she picks up on that implies to her and the readers that he may like her- well only physically at this point because they've only known each other for a few hours. I'm mainly struggling because it's first person and I don't want it to be cheesy stuff like 'oh my goodness does he like me?! omg i'm in love!' Thanks in advance!