I planned to post the link to our story after posting this chapter, I just forgot
Luckily, there's never too late for that
So even if she just happened to be in the room, that made it hard for him to speak at all even if he wasn't addressing her? He had it BAD, then!
In such a situation I think he was quieter than usually, though not that that badly not to speak at all. He was just aware that she was there, listening. However, I don't think that they there were many cases of them being in one room. He's Brenok's aide, so usually Brenok was one to do things and if Toral was there, he was "behind" Brenok, just like he was "behind" Jotrel 20 years ago.
I think Toral is very nervous in presence of women in general, and if that's the one he's in love with...he's doomed!