When I was in high school I was a shy kid, and I had a hard time talking to girls. I still don't go out of my way to talk to them, and I'm still awkward around them, but it's not because I'm shy. It’s because there is already a girl who I’m interested in, and I’m not interested in anyone else.
To be honest, I'd be careful here. If you understand what you're getting yourself into, then you know that long distance relationships are the hardest to maintain, even if there's a glimmer of hope (meeting her, or in the future, finding a residence close to her). If you acknowledge this and still wish to proceed, here's my advice:
I absolutely second Mai. You, honestly, seem like a really kind, caring guy and absolutely display the sort of affection (totally genuine) any decent girl would in a relationship.
I think there's a huge chance this could work out.
Thank you for the encouragement. I definently wouldn't try to sabotage her relationship right now. While she does complain about the guy, I know he's not a bad guy, because she wouldn't have been with him for so long if he were. While she is quite a troooper, she is pretty week when it comes to being betrayed.