When Brisies had finally said she wanted to talk to Patroclus, he had risen from the chair and done a happy jig before sitting down to reply with a casual 'I would love to'. He missed his friend so much it hurt, and while he was enjoying Helen's presence, he wanted to go home.
He knew Briseis wouldn't have kept him away without reason, however, so when he arrived at the bakery he tried to be serious about it. He wanted to run over and give her a hug which involved picking her up and swinging her around, but he refrained. He still couldn't keep the manic grin off his face. "Briseis," he said with a nod. "It's really nice to see you."