He clearly does not like the man since he wasn’t worried about leaving him in New York, a place he knows nothing about in a world he doesn’t understand with no way to get back.
Or, to flip Nealfire’s reaction completely the other way…perhaps he respects Hook’s skills so much that he knows he’s more than capable of looking after himself, even in this strange new world? So he doesn’t have to incriminate himself more by wanting to bring Hook along, but he also doesn’t have to worry that he won’t be OK. Maybe he’ll even slip away to the room where he’s locked up and unlock it and tell him to get back to the boat STAT and hide, so he can hitch a ride back. Actually, I’d love to see that if only to see Hook indignantly state, “I will NOT hitch a ride on MY ship!” 😛
I want NealfirePan and Hook to be buddies so bad! I mean, the guy knows how to drive Hook’s boat. And not just any boat, but the fastest ship in all the realms. How did he learn that if Hook didn’t teach him? Which means they must have been close at some point, because Hook isn’t gonna let any old random drive his boat. And even better if their relationship has been strained, like RumplesGirl suggested, but NealfirePan can’t give up on salvaging the friendship, but he can’t be overt about wanting to save it because Hook is the sworn enemy of his father, who he’s trying to reconcile with. So much potential for delicious angst!