James smiled at the girl as she made her way out of the house. Normally he would have given a valediction, but his lack of experience with children left him unsure of what to say. The girl was polite, more polite than he’d expected a child to be, so he managed a nod as she passed. Once she was out the door, James turned to Albert. “She’s very polite,” he offered with a small smile, though he couldn’t quite say so with conviction. She was quite polite to him, but to her uncle … It looked like Albert had a lot on his hands.
“Feel free to come over whenever you’d like. Just … Maybe call first next time, so I might be better prepared for company.” He didn’t want to rush Albert out of the house, but he also didn’t want to get him in more trouble with the sick little girl waiting in the car, and there was the fact that John would be holed up in his room for the better part of the evening that he’d have to deal with … But he was relieved there was one less thing to deal with, now that he and Al had sorted things out.
“Polite. Right.” Albert smirked, though he strained to do so. “Well, she certainly didn’t get the manners from my brother, that’s for sure. But—anyways. Yeah, I’ll make sure to phone, but I doubt you’ll see her for some time yet.” At least he hoped not. The last thing that Albert wanted was for Echo to wander around the neighborhood so close to the House.
“I’ll… see you later?” He wanted to go for a hug, maybe even some kind of kiss, but the moment felt all wrong. Awkward. “…Yeah. Bye.” With that, Albert nodded and made his way for the door.