One of my guy friends and I flirt all the time. I tend to be flirty, but it’s not like with other guys or other guy friends. This is definitely mutual flirting, but I’m afraid to act on it because I don’t want to lose him as a friend if things go badly. Is it worth the risk?
Nobody can feel out risk like you. But, there’s nothing wrong with exploring your options. Feel free to look around, have fun, flirt with who you want, when you want. If he isn’t smart enough to pick up on the hints you’re dropping, or he’s not confident enough to act on his feelings then ask yourself, “is this really someone I’d want to be my boyfriend?”
Actions speak louder than words. Let yours speak and see if he answers. If he’s too afraid to make a real move then he’s either not interested (but just likes to play the game with you), or isn’t mature enough for a relationship.