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On the one hand, my message was as subtle and indirect as it can be. On the other hand, it was a disclosure, which she eventually decoded, and when she did, she went nuclear on me.
She changed from being super friendly, sweet and doing all the things that made me believe there was some sort of "us", to never even look at me, let alone talk to me. She would do things like walking to the guy right next to me to kiss him hello and simply pretend I was not there at all.
But her rejection was as hurtful as it was useful, and it helped me a lot to put the distance I needed. It helped me see other sides of her that I couldn't see before. And to focus in the things I do have, since now there is absolutely no "us" to fantasize and cling onto.
However, her consistent rejection, month after month, begun to feel more hurtful than useful.
And, on top of that, I begun to wonder if it couldn't be the case that she got a bit caught up in the ice. That is, not really wanting to treat me as bad as that but without being able to back out after her initial reaction. So, here's what just happened...
This past Sunday we had a shared special training event from 10 AM to 3 PM (the last 2 being a shared lunch after the event). I knew she was going to be there and I didn't want to watch her ignore and reject me all those 5 hours.
So, I changed my attitude and tried something. That is, all this time what I did was to "follow the script", so to speak, and do exactly as she was doing; "you pretend I don't exist, I pretend you don't exist". And even though this written here sounds like a "fuck you too attitude", it was a lot more about giving her space and leaving her alone than anything else.
But, since I was questioning if that's what she really wanted, this Sunday I started to "break the ice", so to speak. That is, in the extensive time before the event really started, when we were in a group, just small talking, I would say something but looking at her while doing it. Not all the time as if she were the only one in the group, but enough to give her room to reconnect if she wanted.
And to a certain extent, she did.
She looked back at me when I was talking to her, even responded with her own small talk back to me. This "change" progressed along the event, and was specially there when we were all having lunch together. She still kept a certain distance, and wasn't specially friendly, but it was very very different from the previous outright rejection.
Last night there was a shared theory class instead of the usual. As I walked into the room, she was already there. When she saw me, she smiled and said hi. It wasn't a big super friendly smile, more like a "classmates standard greeting smile", if you get what I mean. That was it and is not like we chatted or anything, even though there was time and she did chat with a few others before the class started. But it the ice wall between us is definitely melting down.
Now... having said all that.
As I extensively discussed with my T this morning, I am very very well aware of the way this is exposing me, and how I risk getting pulled back into the hell of limerence. But as I explained to him, I cannot really stay completely away from her since we do share this activity and events like the one on Sunday happen all time. I have to try find a balance and restore, not the limerence fulled fantasy of a "special us", but a normal classmates relationship in which she doesn't have to purposely ignore me and avoid any contact.
Only time will tell if I'm putting my hand right on the fire or just melting the now unneeded ice. I'll keep you all posted.
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Peace and strength to you HopelessLomantic!!
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I cant possibly tell her to back off etc, we are close frens and she has done nothing to warrant a sudden cold treatment or a serious corporate talk..
Its tricky definitely being in the same workplace ..
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I lean toward this view as well. On the other hand, not disclosing can be a way to keep hope alive.
The reasoning that finally ended my intense desire to disclose was that it wouldn't be fair to my LO to tell him because he's married. I decided that a loving friend wouldn't do anything that might lead the other friend to feel dissatisfied in his marriage.
Notice the reverse-reverse psychology I used there? AS IF knowing that I had feelings for him would put LO in this terrible state of temptation that would make him unhappy. Yes, I have that power over men... It's laughable, but it works for me!
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