> Just a while ago I asked her friend to ask her if she still needed help and the reply I got was (tl;dr version) "He is too serious about things."
Um, yeah..I can understand where she's coming from. She's not implying that you're a prude. But she reckons that you're a bit too confronting and you take things too seriously because:
- You were too forceful. Could have helped through friend and then the next day approach her about the issue. "Do you find me scary? <insert something to make her laugh>" Let her know that you're friendly, approachable and at the same time, concerned (just a little) so that she gets worried about hurting your feelings and makes an effort next time.
- You bothered to follow up on it afterwards. It's like you gave her an ultimatum, and then re-offered it to her. Can't really explain it, but my response would also be along the lines of "Er, what?" followed by "Nah."