Yeah, Iname had kind of expected that from Kaiou - the confirmation that he was indeed being silly. It was nice, hearing his voice again, hearing his thoughts. It was also nice to know that he still knew Kai well enough to guess at some of what he might say. Still, it was nice hearing it from him instead of from the proverbial - he could sense Hyoukai preparing to protest - or literal voice in his head. Didn't change that he was being silly, but it wasn't really going to until he got the proposal over with.
Yeah, that was true. They'd been together so long a lot of people probably forgot they weren't married after all - just like Kaiou had. Maybe it didn't really matter as long as they were both happy. But he also didn't really want Ciaran to think Iname didn't want to marry him or take his name or anything like that. Ciaran was important to Iname, and he was sort of afraid that stalling would give the wrong impression. It wasn't like Ciaran had ever given any indication of something like that, but Iname wasn't sure if Ciaran would either. It was... hard to say, really. And Iname didn't want to hurt him even inadvertently.
On the other hand, it was probably impossible to avoid hurting him entirely. If only because they were different people and they didn't see things the same way and there may always be times when they didn't see eye to eye and had to talk it out.
At the bit about Shouren, Iname just gave something of a knowing smile. Yes, he'd figured that Kaiou wasn't going to ask, but he also imagined that Kai would want the answer. And as it turned out, he'd been right.
"Mm. I mean... there's that." He said finally. "We are practically married already. And Ciaran really isn't the sort to get caught up in the little things." Iname knew that. Either way, he should stop stressing out about it. "Thanks Kai." Somehow after all this time he always knew what to say.
... Tapping, there was tapping on the doorframe. Iname turned very slightly to see Atsuya in the doorway. "Sorry to interrupt," He started quietly, "but I thought Kai might like this sooner rather than later.' Atsuya held up Inori.