“Life’s only hard if we make it hard.” Was the double-entendre intentional?
Life’s not much fun if you never make it hard, either…
Back to the core discussion: False signalling availability to a guy, then expecting him to read a telepathic “No”, when “you’ve already started his launch sequence and the countdown is commencing” (love the analogy there) is risky behaviour.
Just say “No” and that will end it. Don’t expect that guy to ever date you again though: he’s not going to enjoy the abort mission, failure to launch experience, after being given permission to launch.