If that surprised Alim, he didn't let it show. Best not to let anything slip through that could result in her changing her mind and deciding that yes, fire was the proper solution to this problem. "Any better?"
The two of them were likely both unaware of Aedan's return to the cottage. Alim had left the door open, just enough for him to get in, so he entered making barely a noise... and then pretty much immediately ducked back outside when he saw them. Since when were they even remotely pleasant to each other? He knew it probably wasn't exactly what it looked like, but that didn't do much to dampen the confusion.