Let's be honest. The "friend zone" is absolute trash. There is no reason why it should still be a term that is actively used. If someone wants to be friends instead of have sex or go on dates with someone else, then that is perfectly fine. One of the worst parts of this is how guilty it makes both parties feel.
How about we just enjoy each other's company? If sex happens, it happens. If romance sparks, light the fire. If a friendship evolves, then let that flower blossom. Friend zone is a stupid, outdated term that lets people try to understand why someone is not interested in them romantically or sexually.