Grinning to himself as he saw his girl, Alex shook his head at her question. Well, it was pretty fair for her to assume that, and he guessed in a sense he was dropping heavy shit on her. But he hadn't really gotten them for that.
"Apologize? Well, I won't lie and say I've got nothing important to talk to ya about, but I just picked these up 'cause I haven't seen you in a hot minute. Guy can't show some affection for the girl he loves?"
Setting the flowers down, he simply took a moment to put a hand to Nelliel's cheek, looking into her eyes with a small, earnest smile. It was pretty massively different from the usual grin he wore, but it said so much more at the same time. There wasn't much he had to prove with Nel. Honestly, he didn't feel like he had to prove anything at all with her. Maybe that was exactly why he tried so hard.
"I uh... Well, now you got me all self-conscious, feeling like maybe I should be apologizing. Man, look at you."
He was just teasing, of course, but he did take her hand in his. He figured this was probably something he should take a little more seriously, so he took a second to collect himself.
"Listen, uh... Dunno how to explain all this without just rambling the whole story, so I'll just kinda toss it out there. I've got a daughter. Didn't really know 'til yesterday. She just kinda...showed up."