Dated a guy briefly, broke it off, and now things are awkward turtle when I want them to be fun and friendly. Is this a foolish hope?
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. Basically, I had a casual thing going with a guy at school, and when I floated the idea of something more, he didn't want that, so we broke it off. It's been two weeks since then, and despite agreeing that we'd remain cordial and not-awkward about it .. well, it's awkward. Part of it was that I told him I'd stop messaging him (and followed through on that, going so far as to delete his number), but then also started being less friendly in person (still saying hi, but not going out of my way to stop and chat). The no-contact was necessary for me because I ended up more upset about the breakup than I thought I would, especially since we'd only been going out for a few weeks. But now whenever I see him around, he avoids eye contact unless we're directly passing each other. I like to chat with people I come across, so having him be the only one with this standoffish dynamic puts me off balance.
I want us to be friendly again! I don't get why he's being weird when he's the one who checked out of the arrangement first. I do wish it could have worked, though. I don't think I could date him again, but that doesn't stop me from making sure I look like I'm having fun when I know he's around, or dressing up a little more on days I know we'll cross paths. I just want to take him aside and tell him that we're cool, no hard feelings, sorry about being weird, etc. Does that sound reasonable or does it sound like I should just try and ride out the awkwardness?