“Sorry!!” but Jeff was very clearly trying not to laugh.
With a rather angry huff though his nose, several of Caddy’s feathers that ran across his chest and back puffed up.
“Oh my stars-” Jeff dropped the tweezers, and shook his hand before sticking the burnt digit into his mouth, hoping to sooth it. “Ow!”
“Oh, sorry.” Caddy said rather smugly, and brushed down the feather again. He plucked a couple and added it to the tray of other feathers that Jeff had collected in the meantime.
“Okay, how close were you to catching on fire just then?” Jeff inspected his finger carefully, then shook it again. “That was hot.”
“It wasn’t that hot, was it?” Now his words were curious. He turned towards Jeff, looking down and taking his hand. “Did I really fucking burn it?” There, on the tip of the alien’s finger, was a small blister. “Oh– fucking damn it, I can’t even-”
“Don’t even worry about it.” Jeff reached over, kissing his cheek. “You’re hot, it’s kind of what you do.”
This time it was Caddy’s cheeks heating up. “Uh… Did you mean to say it like that?”
“I dunno!” Jeff said brightly. “Did I?” but seeing Caddy’s slightly panicked face just made his giggles return, and he nodded. “I meant it in both ways, thanks. I’ve been on earth long enough to know what I mean.”
Caddy mumbled, turning his face away to rub at his cheeks for a moment, but reached down and took Jeff’s (uninjured) hand, and brought it up to his reddened face for a kiss.
His hand was enveloped in warmth, which brought a soft smile to the alien’s face.