"He's a boy, not a bloody case of firewhiskey!" Miles was getting just a little pissed off at Rosmerta right now. "Liam's not in any danger from me." He gave Liam a quick glance, just to make sure he was okay, and the boy seemed oblivious to their fighting, even if he was scowling a little as Miles rubbed hard to dry the water from his hair.
He stopped what he was doing and just looked at Rosmerta. The woman was utterly clueless. Completely. "Rosmerta, you can tell me in one breath that you won't put my son in danger, yet in the next you're talking about a vampire! There's a reason why the bloody ministry wanted to keep a track on all dark creatures. They're dark."
There was a look of fear on her face when he said he wouldn't bring Liam by any more. If that shocked her into acting rationally, then good. He was still shaking his head and muttering when she left the room, and he finished helping Liam dress in his pyjamas. He wanted to curse and swear at Rosmerta's stupidity, but he concentrated on his son to help his temper to calm down.
"Vampires are dangerous," he said to Liam. "And I bet if you were dangerous and wanted to bite someone, you would tell them that you were nice and wouldn't want to bite them. It's like gaining someone's trust." Miles knew all about lying to gain trust. He was doing it by deception right now under Hooch's nose.
He busied himself for a few minutes with the boy, finally struggling with him to get him dressed. "Now, come on, let's say goodbye to Rosmerta, and go home." for the last time, he thought. Once they got out of the bathroom, he called for that elf of Rosmerta's and guided Liam in its direction. "Look after Liam for a bit whilst I talk to Rosmerta," he ordered it. Someone needed to talk some sense into that woman.
He saw the look on Rosmerta's face at the thought of him not bringing Liam around again. If he could make her see sense with just a little bit of emotional blackmail, then why not. "And why should I have to bring him around here - if I don't think it's in the boy's best interests?" He crossed his arms and gave her a challenging look. "He's my son, Rosmerta. I say what's best for him. I only agreed to this arrangement with you because of the boy, but now, I'm not so sure." He could put up with one or two of Liam's tantrums if it meant the boy was safe from Vampires and stupid women. And people said he was the stupid one.