Since the party seemed to have caught the well-dressed kobold by surprise, Brandon said quietly, "Shoot the little bugger, will you?"
In the meantime, he dropped the glowing bug organ on the floor of the cavern, took up his shield, and stepped forward, intercepting and striking TopDog if and when he ran at and attacked the party.
For this round, at least, Brandon will attack only if TopDog will come within melee range. His theory is that it is best if the other party members can subdue or kill him from afar.
Therefore, the following attack roll waits on TopDog's melee attack.