I need help on this one - never had such a situation before, but I guess I am desperate! It's a long story so I hope you are comfortable...
About a month ago I asked out a girl I have a huge crush on. She said yes, we would go to an art exhibition, it's a mutual interest. There was no opprtunity for us to go for a few weeks, as we were both busy. That was fine, I see her every week with work, and I think I did a great job building up rapport. Our emails graduated to texting, and then to occasional phone calls. There was good chemistry, and when we saw each other it was clear there was something there.
So this weekend we finally managed to go to the exhibition. First she had to go see her friend perform at a concert and asked me along with her and another friend. I went, and we decided to go to the exhibiton afterwards. Great. But then her friend joined us. Bit disappointing, but what can you do? Anyway, this made it a bit awkward, and I guess I wasn't my usual confident self. I decided I needed to see her on her own, so I invited her over to sample some of the dinner I had prepared (we have discussed in the past how we both enjoy cooking). She initially said yes, but when the friend finally left she said she couldn't come, giving some weak excuse.
I was disappointed, and I really found it difficult to hide. I came across as a bit needy, and desperately tried to arrange another date there and then (which obviously failed) I know I should have remained cool, I should have realised that it's a big deal to come back to my flat, and that her saying no was not a full on rejection, but that's easy to see NOW. It went a little weird, and awkward after that. I recovered a little, and made her laugh on the tram back a few of times, but the damage was done.
I know I have plenty of opportunity to do the groundwork again, as we have one on one time every week through work - my question is can I, and how do I recover? Do I apologise for being in a bad mood, or not mention it again and work on re-building the rapport we had before? Surely the attraction we had before this weekend can't be obliterated by one uncomfortable afternoon?