Originally Posted by polyFM
I probably should have said “no” and then saved the disclaimer for in-person conversation, but I don’t think that would have changed the end result.
Well, you would have had someone to enjoy flirting and laughing with over coffee, which isn't such a bad thing to have happen even if you don't move forward toward something more. You might still be able to get a date if you text her to say she misunderstood and that no, you are available, but like to talk about relationship stuff in person. At the very least, she might be open to a friendship with you.