sometimes i don't understand you. you treat me as friends, then as something more than friends and then as if we were strangers. I don't want to be the person who reads into everything little thing, but just make up your mind.
If you know you need the time & space then take it. Step away for 3 days, a week, however long you need. Tell them, give me "X" amount of time to think & heal & just be. If they love & respect you, they will wait.