Laurent has a strict rule about Damen not picking him up in public. Damen tried to argue
“It undermines my authority, Damen! Look at the size of you! Half the kingdom already thinks you’ve over-powered me into this! Or that I just have a thing for really big, beastly guys ”
“Well… don’t you?
Damen respect Laurents request, and doesn’t ever try to pick him up in public again.
In private, however, damen shows no such restraint.