Dice sits besides a skirt smoothing Tay and wonders.... cause a skirt smoothing Tay means 1 of 2 things either he's about to get twapped (most likely option) or she's nervous (a longshot)
As she speaks he realises which it is and is surprised.
When he realises what she actually said he is stunned!
The last line tho soothes him....this was familiar ground.
He mulls over the wording of his reply.
"Tay our friendship, like a great Scotch, has only gotten better and stronger with time and is something we can savour for ages, celebrating life with it, commiserating life with it, just HAVING life with it. Without it our lives would be missing something.
It would be my honour to be your Warder."