Christopher shook his head. "Do not think on it. The time has passed for thanks and praise as you are as much a part of this house as any. I use whatever means I can to aid those who need it, and nothing more, and I would offer you the challenge to say something different that you like about me rather than my simply being your hero."
He smiled at her brightly, thoroughly genuine; was he flirting with her? He suspected he was in his own gentleman-like way. He quickly downed his wine, hoping to mask his nerves as he went over what he had just said, hoping it wouldn't offend her.