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by Abigail Van Buren

Divorced Parents Each Need Their Own Time With Kids

DEAR ABBY: My best friend asked me who I liked. I told her, trusting that she wouldn't tell anyone. Her response was, "Eew! You like him?!"

The next day she got one of our other friends to get the guy I like to ask her out. The worst part is she doesn't even like this guy and she's moving away. What should I do? Help! -- MAD IN LEESBURG, VA.

DEAR MAD: The first thing you should do is recognize that your "best friend" can't keep a secret, and is a troublemaker on top of it. Do not confide in her again.

And second, don't give up hope. Your rival is moving away, and the field will soon be open for you again.