I need a word to fill in this blank:
LIZZIE Of course not. But, which supervillain is your dad?
CANDI I shouldn’t say anything. (Looks back at her taco salad, affecting __________ )
LIZZIE Shouldn’t say anything? You know who our parents are.
KEN Yeah, Candi. That’s so not cool.
CANDI No, you guys don’t understand. (Looks back up at them, then bites her lip and looks around the room. She leans forward, prompting Lizzie and Ken to do the same.) I’m kind of undercover. My dad sent me here with a job, and I’m positive he’ll see me telling anyone about who he is as jeopardizing that job. Preferably, I’m not even supposed to be using my real name. But, I felt more comfortable with it so I begged my dad to not make me change it. (Leans back against the seat, then tilts her head to the side) But, perhaps, if we were a team, you know, allies, friends, etc. He would be okay with me telling you who he is.
This probably does not provide nearly enough context, given that this is an excerpt from a play I am writing, so allow me to elaborate:
Candi is a conniving character, and she is in the process of manipulating these other two characters into doing what she wishes. To do that, she's trying to come off as timid and hesitant as if she really wants to tell them who her father is, but can't. In a sense, she's playing innocent. (Hence the lip-biting and head tilting in her mini-monologue) So, what word would I use in the blank that has a similar meaning to innocence/intimidation/hesitation? I know it's a word I've used before, but I'm drawing a blank.
(For further details on the specificity of the word I'm looking for: The parenthesis indicate that this will be a word written in a stage direction for the actress)
I did look at the answer to this question What is a word that means "someone who pretends to be your friend but is actually your enemy?" but that just gave more words to describe Candi. I'm looking for a word to describe the person she's pretending to be. This will drive me crazy until I find out.