Quit being so Passive
You know what I hate more than being told No? Not being told anything at all. I get that you don't want to upset me, but it's more upsetting wasting time trying to figure out your answer. I'll be 10x more upset that way, where hopes are getting high, instead of you telling me upfront. Yeah I'd get upset, but I'll be over it within the next minute. I don't know how many times I have to tell you that for it to register.