What Girls Said 1
Definitely stick to friends. Don't read into anything, you were honest and there's nothing to be ashamed about. If she said she wants to meet up again she might not be as freaked out as you think.
What Guys Said 1
I get the impression from what you've said that she's not interested, but she hasn't freaked out either.If you're okay with being her friend, then carry on with that.It's not like you said you were desperately in love with her or anything. That's when it's a major mistake; When the guy waits until his feelings for her have simply gotten to big for him to stay silent any more. It automatically puts him several steps ahead of the girl, and that's never good.No need to beat yourself up over it. When the next girl comes along that you like, ask her out. And maybe don't wait 5 weeks or so, but honestly 5 weeks isn't even *that* long. You have to pity the guys who have been pining for their friend for years and never said anything...