I don't have time to be indirect
We like each other a lot and get along very well, but that's only when we can coordinate things to accommodate her.
She doesn't like my original plan, so I let her pick the day, time and place so I wouldn't have to hear any complaints about how I make all of the final decisions. In the end, V chooses an outdoor patio for lunch, close to her, so she doesn't have any excuse to back out at the last minute.
Before I go to bed, I have a feeling I'll be getting a morning text from V about cancelling lunch the next day.
The next morning, my phone shows a missed text from V: It's not too miserable out, is it?
It's part of her code talk - she never directly says she wants to cancel. While some people say "Can we move this to another day?" she'll have a message that, if read between the lines, is her way of bailing.
I knew this was going to happen. V regularly does this, like frequently "remembering" a previous commitment (which doesn't make sense since she doesn't work and has plenty of free time), or becoming "suddenly ill" an hour before we meet only to get miraculously better the next morning (and having the strength to go to a few events and posting them all on social media).
That's fine. I'm busy and have a lot of work to do today, I text back and go back to work.
At noon, I get a text from V.
Well I'm here so you better be soon, LOL. It's followed by a phone call.
I don't reply to either. Don't have the time for this, or for her. Hope she got the hint.