"I don't know..." he replied, both wanting some space and for her to be there so he could make sure she didn't float away into dust as well. Bruce knew that if she or Jacob ever had that happen, he would break and would be lost forever. "Maybe just... keep me company? Talk to me?" he asked, hoping she wouldn't feel so put out by his need for space and closeness simultaneously.
Bruce thought for a moment, reluctant to do either, frankly, but decided that Jacob was safer with his mother and made to pass him over to her arms.