A bit of time had passed that had made it obvious that Susan hasn't been towards the front of the store. Of course, he had gone in the back plenty of times without any permission, but Ernie didn't want to overstep any boundaries or scare the red-headed woman to pieces, especially since it seemed as though she had been alone within the shop. It was her voice calling out from the back that he felt more at ease to make his way back towards her. Even though they had seen each other plenty of times before, Ernie couldn't help but feel slightly nervous, as the preverbial butterflies hit the sides of his stomach. That's how much he was terrified at the fact that he might lose Susan, whom had been his entire life since the moment they spoke of their deep feelings for each other. How everything changed in a matter of days, he hadn't the slightest clue.
Ernie brushed his way towards the back and through the open door, catching sight of Susan allowing a smile to play against his lips for a bit. Taking a few more steps towards her and watching the way she worked, he almost wished that she'd stop what she had been doing to give him some sort of physical greeting. Surely, he was still wanted, right? Merlin, Ernie truly hoped so. "Hello, Susan," he replied a few moments to announced his presence, keeping his gaze upon her. Noticing the tiny smile on her lips, before quickly looking away. It didn't feel all too good to be standing there and not really being greeted all that properly, wondering if she had noticed the change witin her.
Shoving his hands into his pockets in order not to accomplish anything else in his mind that Susan might not have wanted, before bitting his bottom lip. "Nothing is techincally wrong at the moment. I just wanted to see you. After all, you did say that you wanted to spend sometime together," he said rather meekly. Of course, nothing be wrong was a bit of a lie, but that wasn't something that Ernie even tried to hide. Was it selfish that he wanted the old Susan back? It was plain to see that Flint had affected her in a not so bright sort of way. A part of him wanted to ask if he was wanted, but held back from doing so. It hurt more then he was willing to allow with the way that she treated everything. If the tables were turned and a strange woman came into his life, Ernie would never persue it.
"That is alright, yes?" he asked, never feeling so uncertain with Susan before in his life. Frankly, that terrified him as well.