Royce had never boasted about being good with women. Or girls. Being good with the ladies wasn't his strong suit. He often didn't know the right way to comfort them, hardly could ever come up with the right words to say and often was vocal about what he thought. There were a few times in those rare moments where he was somehow able to orchestrate what he wanted to say with the feelings he wanted to express in a way that came out pretty good. With Charlie, those few times were becoming more than few. Maybe it was because she wasn't the normal type of girl. Or maybe he was getting better at this ladies thing. Who knew?
Whatever things he had learned or improved on, they weren't worth much of anything when he heard that tone in Charlie's voice. That tone that told him he had done something wrong. Somewhere, between the front door and the living room, he had messed up. At first, he turned to her with a look of confusion, unsure as to why she suddenly sounded annoyed. Could she speak with him? Outside? That sounded like a very loaded question. Less of a question and more of a demand. Charlie didn't even wait for him to respond before looking back to that thing and reassuring him that they would be back. What the hell?
Well, if she wasn't going to wait for him to respond, than he wouldn't. Now, he was feeling irritated. Of all the things that could have happened, why did this child fang have to show up at his girlfriend's house? What was more concerning was that Charlie clearly had met this blood sucker before. And not just today either. Stupid. That's what he had been. Stupid and lazy to let this thing sneak it's way here. It was bad enough that Crowne was hanging around but at least he could warn Charlie against him without revealing too much. How the hell was he supposed to warn her about another vampire who was parading themselves around like an innocent child?
Royce followed Charlie out, a hand going to his forehead as he massaged his temple. And he thought Rosey gave him headaches. Unfortunately, there was nothing about this situation that involved her and that only left Charlie and this vampire. Obviously he didn't want to blame Charlie but seriously, how could she invite that thing into her home? When she stopped at the bottom of the stairs, he stopped a couple steps up and leaned against the rail, arms crossed. He wasn't trying to lord over her but he wanted to keep some space between her and that thing.
He inwardly cringed when she turned around. Shit, she didn't look happy. "You never mentioned you knew a-" vampire "-kid."
What if Charlie was already friends with the fang? Worse, what if they were in cahoots together? No, that was stupid. Right?