Would you keep hanging out with someone if you had no intentions to pursue any kind of friendship? I'm just talking a strictly platonic friendship, no romantic involvement. I know I wouldn't. Especially when the person is very fond of you and sees you as the friend they always wanted. It would hurt to mislead them. There's this gay guy in my roller coaster enthusiast community and I'm afraid he's doing this to me (or is it my own insecurities making me think this?). I only mention his orientation to make note that there's no expectations of romantic intentions.