‘Fondness is weakness,’ she said a…

‘Fondness is weakness,’ she said automatically. At that, Alucard stopped smiling, and set his glass aside. He leaned forward and considered her for a long moment, and then he said, ‘I’m sorry.’ He sounded so…earnest, which made Lila instantly suspicious. Alucard was many things, but genuine wasn’t usually one of them.
‘For growing on me?’ she asked. He shook his head.
‘For whatever happened to you. For whoever hurt you so deeply that you see things like friends and fondness as weapons instead of shields.’