(If you haven't already, read the post below to get up to speed.)
Here's the text-message exchange we had last night, over the course of several hours, and after I tried calling her a couple of times:
LIL' BIT: I'm not coming. I'm going to cancel my ticket.
ME: I think that's a good idea.
LIL' BIT: I'm also not speaking to you indefinitely.
LIL' BIT: I hate you so much.
ME: All righty then...
(I was really loathe to make any response - I mean, what am I supposed to do if she hates me? Beg forgiveness for something I'm not sorry for? But I felt like I had to say SOMETHING...)
LIL' BIT: I'm so glad you want to know why.
(And she was SO obviously bating me with this response. But I hate not knowing things, so I pressed on...)
ME: Well, I would...
ME: ...but I'm not going to beg you for one. I'm in the middle of a really demanding show. So if you want to lay it out in an e-mail or voice mail, please do. If not, then I guess that's how we'll have to leave it...though that's not my choice...
LIL' BIT: Because I love you and I can't get over you. And I want to so much because you can move on.
ME: I understand and respect that. You have to do what's best for you.
LIL' BIT: Well I guess that's it then. I'm glad one of us is happy. Do I need to leave town when you're here?
ME: Of course not. [Your town] is big enough for both of us for a few days.
LIL' BIT: Is it? I don't know.
ME: Well, I'll give you your space. And you know how to get a hold of me...
LIL' BIT: Don't worry. You won't hear from me anymore.
In re-reading all of this, I wonder if I was a little too harsh. But, honestly, I'm not in love with her, never told her I was in love with her (or even said "I love you"), and was pretty honest and open about how I felt about things at all times. So, even though I feel like a bit of a heel, I'm glad that the message has finally gotten through.