So, you've started seeing your ex's friend in a different light. Maybe it has been since before your break up, who cares? Now you just want her to be yours but something is holding you back, namely your ex.

If you're serious about building a relationship with someone who is closely related to your ex, here's what to do.

1. Don't ask for permission.
You may feel obliged to seek consent from your ex because the girl you're having your eyes on IS her friend after all. But you're not. Both of you have broken up anyway, it's completely up to you and her friend to make a decision on whether to get involved in a relationship with each other. There is a very high chance that your ex is going to say "No" anyway, it doesn't even matter if you two ended it on good terms. C'mon, do you really think she's going to happily agree? She doesn't want you dating and she certainly doesn't want you dating with her friend. She may even start a smear campaign against you or directly tell her friend not to see you.

2. Flirtatious friends.
If you've shared a few lingering glances or even a little friendly physical contact, well, congratulations. This may end up easier than picking up a stranger since you've already established a comfort level. Now that you're single, it's time to step up your game. Throw in some sexual innuendo and pay attention to her response.

3. Prepare for the consequences.
What, you think you're gonna get away with dating someone who's probably known her since before you even laid eyes on your ex? Sorry to burst your bubble, but that's not going to happen. You might want to break the news to your ex-girlfriend before she finds out on her own. Your main objective is to keep the consequences from being so unpleasant that your ex's friend will decide the relationship isn't worth the stress.

The whole situation may seem a bit complicated but no one said it was going to be easy. Dating her friend is going to bring trouble but it may be worth the effort. Follow these steps and things may not even have to get ugly. But please guys, whatever you do and however tempting it may sound, NEVER suggest a threesome!