He heard it though and couldn't help but grin at the comment. The truth was just that, wasn't it? He took a sip of his wine and then leaned forward a hand coming to rest near the middle of the table as if he had hoped her hand was there as well.
"Ernie is jealous of me?" he asked suddenly, interest piqued. Now he couldn't hide the grin even if he wanted. Cheeky thing, too, as he arched an eyebrow and made an almost silly attempt at a 'sexy' expression. "Is he scared that I'm charming the robes right off of you?"
He didn't lean back, but rather, inched his hand forward and tilted his head somewhat. His voice lowered the smallest bit and his expression was suddenly very serious.
"Is it working though? Am I courting you proper? I want it to be proper, I don't usually do it this way, but I want it this way."