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Best Friend's Competitive Streak Makes Surprise Appearance

DEAR ABBY: I recently went skydiving with my beautiful best friend, "Brenda." At the airport, she overheard the skydiving instructor say he wanted "the pretty one." He was talking about me.

Brenda took me aside and complained to me that he found me more attractive than her. Abby, usually she's the one who gets all the second looks from guys. She was really annoyed that I got that kind of attention. This has left me wondering, what kind of best friend is she? I have never competed with her. What should I do? -- BESTIE IN KANSAS

DEAR BESTIE: Take a fresh look at your relationship with her. Recognize that although you have never competed with Brenda, she appears to feel competitive with you. If the subject of the incident at the airport comes up again, remind her that although she is usually the one who gets the attention from guys, this was your turn. A true friend would be happy to share some of the spotlight.

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