I was just reminded this morning by this particular character in the tv series, Felicity. Noel was Felicity's best-friend and he was always there for... waiting... pining... patiently for Ms. Felicity to take her eyes away from Ben to finally notice him.
There's a lot of Noels in the world.... Guys who are the best of friends but secretly wishing they become her boyfriend.
To all the Noels in the world: Just be patient. If your love is pure and real towards your best-friend, chances are she may feel the same for you as well. It just takes a little bit more time for girls to fall because they just don't want to get hurt.