Hi all, I really could use some outside perspective from folks. Where I work most of my co-workers are much older than me by at least a decade or sometimes several and as a result I am one of the younger people working here and also one of the few queer/LGBT folks too. A couple of months ago a new woman started who I found out is queer. I suspected when I first met her but after saying that it'd be lovely to make a new friend she mentioned her partner with she/her pronouns. Bingo! Anyways, we started out hanging out as couple friends, with my partner, on pretty regular basis. We probably hung out at least once a week and sometimes 2x a week. Additionally, at work we would talk for maybe 20 mins or so, sometimes we'd go grab coffee and also grabbed a drink after work. At the beginning of this month however she was sending off vibes indicating she didn't really wanna talk or hang out. I know her well enough to know that she is pretty shy and introverted and isn't a social butterfly. I could tell she didn't wanna chat one day when I saw her in the office so I told her hey like we don't need chat at work and can limit being friends to being outside of work (not those words per se), but I sought to check in with her about her changed behavior. She also had not responded to a text from a couple days ago about hanging out. Anyways, she ended up sending me some long text messages about her not being a social person and she doesn't like to be in constant communication. I apologized if I was being too social and said I'd leave it up too her. About 2 days after that I ran into her at work again and she was being very stand-offish. I asked her if we needed to check in about something. She said some stuff about just learning to tell people her boundaries and needs and recognized that in the past she struggled with making friends. She also mentioned losing a lot of her college friends and that's why she doesn't know anyone in the city anymore despite the fact many of those old friends are still here. Anyways, I asked her to tell me what I could do since I did want to respect her needs as a person. She said that she is a homebody and she wasn't sure if it was her personality or self-protectionism, but that she needs a lot of alone time. Then she said something about "needing space so that I can figure out how to navigate this" and that she wanted space to "be able to show up in our relationship". I said that was fine and I totally respect that. Then she said she did want to maintain a relationship and would reach out when she was ready. It's now been 2.5 weeks and I have respected those wishes and not contacted her at all. The part that I am struggling with is that when I do run into her in the hallway she won't make eye contact or even smile. I am doing my best to avoid interaction, which sometimes is difficult because folks at the office think we are friends. The other thing that is odd is that her partner still is in contact with me and we have had several good convos, and her partner even went and hung out with my partner just the two of them. My partner and I have concluded maybe her partner doesn't know since she was trying to make plans to hang out this week. Maybe it's not that complicated. I am fine with taking her need for no interaction and her initializing any future hang outs etc, but feel less comfortable with the lack of acknowledgment since we do technically work together. I would like to be cordial at work. I am hesitant to say anything though since I don't want to look like I am not respecting her wishes. I have never been in this particular situation either since we aren't dating and that's not on the table at all. I have concluded that we aren't friends anymore so that I keep any hope low. What do you all think?