... did he just say - yes, technically, yes he did.
That was somehow unexpected, and she probably looked a bit surprised for a second. On second thought, he'd essentially done the same thing for his first wife, just after she was already gone, which Xiaolen did then and still did now think was kind of sweet. Far be it for her to ever say that. She was still getting used to having feelings, let alone admitting them, but it was getting easier, a little at a time.
Just like when they were kids, he never did seem to judge her for anything she was used to being judged for, including having feelings. Confusing, of course, but not altogether unwelcome. Funny, because in some sense, she thought she'd only ever really been herself around him and Shouren by now. ... well, Junius. He never judged, either. Still, he was a Jeon and it was difficult to figure out how she was supposed to act around him. One would think he'd be worse than the Kuroganes, but one would think wrong.
But that was what made her like him the first time, huh.
"I guess I don't," she said, releasing a breath she'd been unaware she was even holding in. "I wasn't going to ask that, it seemed... really presumptuous, and - not that I know what you're even getting out of this except... me and maybe kids later and you seem okay with that and I don't -" ... get why, but she'd already gone down that track before. Repeating ourselves and go in circles, things we didn't do.
"... if we ever did have kids, though, so we're on the same page, would we be raising them as Jeons, or our kids?" ... he'd never reacted too badly to her weird questions before, at least. Maybe asking the one she actually wanted the answer to wouldn't be so bad.