The fish used to bawl when I left, and the chicken would tell me how eager the fish awaited me.
Disregard the chickens and fish, I just needed something tangible.
ABC is sad when I go; XYZ tells me how eager ABC awaits me.
ABC...; XYZ tells me how eagerly ABC awaits me.
I'm trying to push that ABC was excited to see me, and that XYZ would tell me that.
Can I saw "how eager" or is that awkward? Does "awaits me" work or is that awkward? Does it convey ABC's excitement? If not, any advice or better ways to phrase?