There were still people waiting around for him to return? It wasn’t as if he had shown any indication that he was ever going to come back in the first place.
”─Least I still have a place to come back to.” If he decided to ever come back that is.
“You sound sad or grumpy.” [/stares] “Cheer up, bird brain!”
"I’m fine, don’t worry about it."
“See, you have a reason to take a break once in awhile. You dummy.” [/pokes him hard]
"I guess so." /Stares at hand though.
"… It’s been awhile."