ARE you in a codependent female friendship and worried about which of you will meet someone first? Here are some ways to make sure you ‘win’.
Offer makeup advice
Encourage her to wear things like blue mascara and peach lipstick, and pluck her eyebrows until she looks permanently surprised. It won’t stop non-shallow people falling for her but there aren’t many of those about, so it will drastically lower her chances of finding love.
Keep the Netflix box sets flowing
How can she meet any potential ‘the ones’ if she’s in a you-induced Games of Thrones coma? If you succeed in getting her addicted that will also give you approximately a 4,200-hour headstart on finding someone yourself.
Persuade her to get an ill-advised tattoo
Why not gift it to her as a birthday present, so she feels obliged? A cartoon crab on her pubic bone or the word ‘herpes’ in neat italics on her inner thigh should do the trick. Convince her it will be funny and everyone will know it’s ironic.
Use your friendship as a block
If you see her hitting it off with someone, lure her away with a rambling monologue about a heartbreaking personal problem: a bad hair day, the loss of a childhood hamster, a missing favourite jacket. Anything will do, just as long as your wails are too dramatic to walk away from.
Spy on her
If she does start getting close to someone, consider swapping out her phone sim and remotely tracking her messages like Carrie Mathison in Homeland. That way you can spy on all her thoughts, movements and dick pics and stay one step ahead of any romance threats.
Slipping microdoses of cyanide into her morning granola is an extreme but effective way of making sure you, eventually, find love first. Be careful not to make any new best friends to replace her, though, or you will have to repeat the whole process all over again.