You've led a completely different life, Candy. I wouldn't have you any other way, but what works for you may not be right for her. I made a promise to protect her, and Ash, when I brought them in to my home, and Corrin too.
You and I, Candy, we have seen the horrible things that people can do, the cruelty that exists in this world. Teenaged boys normally don't fall into the higher arc, but they can be cruel. I'd rather she hate me, than have her heart broken before she's 20.
The boy she was talking to, he offered to come and meet me. Us.