When I was in middle school (around 14 years old), I was friends with a boy (who was outside of my regular "friend group") and so, some friends of mine decided to hook me up with this person.
I didn't really want to date this person, but I didn't want to hurt him either. So, when he "asked me out" (because my friends were pushing him to), I said "yes", we kissed, then went our ways and spent the next week avoiding each other before formally "breaking up".
All this was a long time ago and I can't fix the past, but I'm still wondering:
How could I have refused to date him while minimizing the hurt feelings and awkwardness in order for us to keep being friends (instead of avoiding each other until the end of the year)?
Notes and clarifications
I'm guessing my friend wasn't really comfortable with dating me because he was avoiding me as much as I was
There was no date planned, just the "social recognition" that we were "a couple" (so, it's more like he asked me "do you want to form a couple with me?" rather than "do you want to go out with me?").