"No, I have not. The idea is sort of lost on me, as I really do not understand why embarrassing someone or scaring them for the ‘fun’ of it is amusing."
Cornelius settled himself on an opposite sofa with a pleasant smile, passed a cup of tea to his wife beside him, and flapped his hand dismissively.
"Of courseth not~" he replied lightly.
Emily crossed her legs and stirred her cup, softly clinking the spoon.
"Not a bit. I think the misunderstandings in the air are thick, darling. We aren’t cross. Why would we be?" she asked, looking directly at the Alt King, not being one to beat around the bush much herself.
"I-I well-" Alan sputtered, his face going a little red - but Grace shushed him, squeezing his arm a bit, and took his free hand in hers.
"Alan, please explain this mornings reaction to the little prank that was played, would you?" she asked him, and he winced slightly. He set his cup down, and ran his free hand through his hair.
"I…thought it wasth amusthing, honesthly. I justht oftentimesth react grumpy to it b-but I didn’t been to hurt anyone’th feelingths. It wasth meant playfully. I wasth gonna reply, but… I sthaw I made missth Flip upsthet again. stho I justht… didn’t." he replied, taking his gaze to the fairy for an apologetic look. He looked back to Emily, and glanced at Grace, whom nodded with a soft smile, before he looked back to Emily.
"I stheem to not be able to… sthay thingth of comfort or-or jokingly without hurting anyone’th feelingsth. I justht… make thingsth worsthe. Stho-stho…I’ve been worried that, perhapsth, I might have been damaging friendshipth lately. I… I do not mean to causthe stho much drama."
"There have been a lot of misunderstandings, Alan, as Emily said. That is all. I asked our friends here because your worry has been hurting me." Alan blinked in surprise, not having known this.
"Miss Flip?" Grace turned her attention to the fairy, and smiled delicately, knowing she had had a rough afternoon as well.
"Is there anything you would wish to clear up?" Alan tore his distraught look from Grace to give Flip a saddened look, hoping he had not made her too terribly angry.