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Yugi blinked tiredly as the job of getting her home fell to the acrobat and he commented about changing his clothing first. Of course she hadn't meant for him to go out like that, it wouldn't be proper, but nothing for it now. She did follow after him when it was suggested to her, steps slow and cautious in the uncertain situation. She did find the fire though, and settled near it just to feel the warmth against the chill of her skin. She watched the man that had saved her wander off to his own tent to change and focused on the flames instead, letting her mind unwind after everything that had happened.

After a long moment she heard someone speaking to her and looked up to meet the eyes of a woman that was minding a cook pot. She was offered food and shook her head slowly, stomach rebelling at the thought. She didn't want to seem rude though, so she offered a tiny smile as well as an apology. "Sorry but I think I need to pass on the food. My stomach hasn't quite settled yet from what happened before and I wouldn't want to waste perfectly good food on an upset stomach. Thank you for the offer though, Ma'am." Though then she had to consider as a reading was then offered and since she'd had to decline to food it felt like bad manners to refuse again even if she didn't really believe in such nonsense. "I'm honestly not completely sure what you mean by a reading, though I have an idea, still I guess I don't mind if it isn't any trouble."

She had to get a hold of herself before she faced her family again anyway, and listening to nonsense was just the thing for a frazzled mind.


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Ishizu's smile softened. "I understand, dear. I don't have the stomach for what they do either. Always gives me a right fright just watching them flip about." She stirred the pot for a moment longer before she pulled back from it, wiping her hands off on an old apron before wandering over to a small, portable table roughly the size of a common end table. She settled it in front of Yugi, leaving a moment later and returning with a large stack of long cards. She handed Yugi the deck. "Shuffle it however you would like, then take a moment to set your intentions for what you want to know." She took her seat on the opposite side of the small table, settled on one of the logs surrounding the fire. While Yugi shuffled, she explained what she would be doing. "It's not an assessment of the whole of your life, but it might give you some guidance if you are looking for it.  I cannot give you the answers to everything, but you may find some comfort in what you find out."

She took the cards back from Yugi, though before she could set them down one card fell away from the deck. Ishizu raised a brow. "Interesting. That will be your fifth card, the one that jumped to you that wished to be acknowledged." She put the deck in one hand securely now, overturning the first card and placing it on the table for her to see. "This is the seven of cups. It represents a great many choices in your life, something which could have been presented to you very recently, or is something you have struggled with for a long while. This card is in the upright position, which tells me there are many potential opportunities awaiting you, many of which are good." She pointed to the dragon on the card. "Some, however, are bad. You need to be careful of illusions, and falsehoods. Not everyone, or every opportunity, is as it appears."

Ishizu turned over the next card. "This is the nine of pentacles, seen here in the reverse position. It signifies a desire to keep appearances, even when doing so is not truly possible. It represents suffering, most often from financial issues, but can also mean a lack of security and stability. This woman is far from her home, her ideal, in this card. You must take an inner reflection on what is truly important; wealth cannot buy love." A cautionary tale if ever there was one. She followed swiftly afterward with another card which unfortunately boded no better for her. "This is the three of cups, also reversed. It means there is a lack of balance and harmony in your life or your social structure. Scandal, rumors, and gossip may rear their ugly heads. You may be growing apart from loved ones." Her fourth card delivered a very surprising blow Ishizu did not expect. "This is the three of swords. It foretells a break in your heart, which is accompanied by a relentless grief and mourning. This could come from betrayal, rejection, or even death of one you care for."

Here she paused, setting down the deck. "This last card is the one which jumped for you. Whatever it reveals, you need to take careful consideration of it, and I advise you take a long reflection on it." She flipped it over. "This is the lovers card. It means a choice, usually accompanied with temptation between two potential suitors. It is a card of sacrifice; lovers give and take the best of us. In your choice you must be certain as all ramifications of the heart are lasting. These lovers are bare--there are no secrets, no lies, no griefs between them. Your decision will yield trust, honesty, and strength to you in a lasting bond."


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Though still skeptical, Yugi made no comment when she was offered the card deck and asked to shuffle it and focus on what she wanted to know. Really she just wanted to know something that the future held for her concerning both her Grandpa and the arranged marriage her parents were discussing. She sat when given the chance, just shuffling the cards and thinking about things before handing the cards back when they were asked for. She watched as one fell out of the deck but didn't think much of it even as the woman before her began to display the cards and explain what they represented. Her inquisitive nature began to take hold the more the woman spoke and she considered each card carefully as well as thinking about the meaning.

Choices. Her entire life was about choices and her lack thereof concerning her own future and life. There were only so many paths open to her as a woman and only one she could see clearly at this point. Marrying wealthy was a good opportunity for her to be certain, but she felt it was more an opportunity for her parents and that made her uneasy and angry. The next card was about appearances and she understood that as she was always pretending to be that person her parents thought she should be and very rarely ever did something because she wanted to personally. It was spot on with the financial issues, but the only one she cared about was her Grandpa and she'd use every penny if it meant he got better.

The next one was about social structure and Yugi snorted at that; knowing all too well about how society viewed her family and herself. Rumors were everywhere and little truth was spoken within the inner circle of the wealthy families. She definitely was growing away from her parents, but her Grandpa was another matter altogether. The rest she didn't care about, really. The fourth card had Yugi going very still at the implications. She couldn't let herself believe in this nonsense, but her Grandpa had been getting weaker lately and his medicine didn't always help...She shook her head, distraught for a moment before calming herself. Of course it wasn't true, she had to believe that or she'd fall apart.

The final card though just knocked Yugi off her game. Lovers....she didn't get the option of love in an arranged marriage. Her expression went sad at the realization that if she gave into the demands of her parents she was giving up on the chance of finding love and true happiness for herself. But...it was for her Grandpa too, and she couldn't let him die. Anyway, one unknown suitor was enough, she didn't wish for another stranger to try and win her hand through negotiations with her parents. That was all the last card could mean anyway, as no man had ever really been interested in her before so it didn't matter anyway. It was...a lot to take in; even if she tried to tell herself she didn't believe in any of this foolishness she still felt the keen loss of what might have been. She didn't get to love, that was for people that weren't in her situation. She was...all she was meant for was loneliness and being used by a man that could never care for her truly. It was sad, but it was what had to be done. Besides, it wasn't like there were any other options.


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"I can see you are a little conflicted. My advice is to allow yourself to be open to the possibility and nothing more. You cannot control what fate has is store for you; you can only choose how you wish to meet it." Ishizu gathered her cards, standing up and taking the table away with her. She returned to her cooking pot, considering this quietly to herself for a moment as she dished out food for Mana, Mahad, Marik, and then herself. She took a seat at about the same time Atem came striding out from his tent, decidedly more dressed than when Yugi had first encountered him. There was absolutely nothing ornate about his attire apart from the way he simply wore his clothing. The trousers he were were simple, of a darker, almost faded wine shade. They clung to powerful thighs, doing little in the way of hiding muscle he held. His shirt was a simple white tunic, collared but left open in the front and accompanied by a black vest which was also left open. It would not have mattered an ounce what he wore--for his size and skin color alone he would have drawn the attention of those walking nearby. The hope was simply that he didn't draw the wrong manner of attention for the sake of the woman he was escorting home.

"Are you ready to go, Miss?" Ishizu looked up to him as did Mana, both women holding a worried look to their faces though they said nothing. In a low, reassuring tone, he offered a simple sentence in his native tongue that seemed to satisfy them. Yes, he would be careful. It was after all dangerous for him to stray too far from this place when not in the company of others either like himself or those he worked with such as the Ring Master. "You'll have to lead the way, I'm afraid. This is actually my first time visiting this particular city, though I must admit it is nice to look at."


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Yugi nodded but said nothing in response to the woman who'd read the cards that might tell her future; even if she kept telling herself she didn't believe it; not one bit. But then the acrobat was coming out and she curled her arms tightly around herself before watching his approach quietly. She both saw and felt the tension in the air even if she didn't understand the words said. They worried for him leaving this place. It made her start slightly when he  spoke to her and she nodded. "I'm ready to go, but don't think you have to bring me if it's going to cause you trouble. I'll just...try and get a carriage or something if it's a bother."

She was nothing if not polite and she owed this man her life. She didn't mind showing him the way, but she also didn't want to put him any unnecessary danger because of her. It was a strange sensation, that protective desire, but she pushed it to the back of her mind to examine at a later time. She needed to get home and she didn't want to be a bother or cause trouble for someone that was only trying to help her. Besides that he'd been basically told to take her home and the fact he hadn't been asked grated against her sense of right and wrong. Still, he'd already changed clothing and gotten ready to go, would asking him if he'd rather not be rude? Too late now.


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Atem chuckled quietly, striding past her. "Not for nothing, but I believe I can more than take care of myself. Besides, I did already say I would get you back safely." That, and his job did more or less depend on her not being traumatized by this whole affair. It was a very small price to pay to make sure she was safely home. The walk there would likely suck, but the getting back here part would be exceedingly easy for him once she was already gone from his sight. Once they were outside of the camp and heading on their way properly, he took the time to explain something to her as it felt...odd to him to have left it unsaid. "I am sorry for that. They worry, but with good reason. Mahad was jumped in a two a few months ago. He was beaten fairly bloody. I am much more capable of looking after myself, but I had to let them know I would be careful to ease their worry." It was strange, the casual nature with which he talked about what had transpired. It was common place for him, incidents such as that, and he tried not to worry too much over what he couldn't control in society.

He took the turns Yugi instructed, and even though the path was well lit and the neighborhood they had wandered into was decidedly upperclass, it did not safeguard the group from encountering harassment. About halfway through the walk home, a pair of well to do men, clearly intoxicated, accosted Atem. A whiskey bottle was hurled at his feet, glass shattering and scattering in all directions. Thankfully, the glass didn’t hit him or Yugi, though he did suffer a bit of splash.

“Get away from her, Gyp. Why don’t you go back to the shit hole you crawled out of, hmm?” The words were slurred, and despite the insult, and assault, Atem was relatively unaffected. The only difference in his demeanor was the fact he had stepped in front of Yugi should something else coming hurled at their way.

“I rightly don’t care what you say to me, but you should watch your mouth in front of her. There’s no need for this.” If he was angry, he hid it well.

“Fuck off, spook. Your kind should know its place. You don’t breed with our bitches.”

Atem’s jaw tightened, but before he could say something to the fact, the other man began to hurl. Blessedly enough, all over his partners’ shoes. Cussing ensued, and they were too distracted with each other to notice Atem’s subtle ushering of Yugi off and away from the both of them.
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Yugi accepted the response from her companion gracefully and just nodded as she followed after him. Once he explained a bit more, she could only feel for he and his friends. She was female; she knew about being ridiculed, but at least she did't go through anything like what these people had. "They have every right to worry, I just wish times were such that they didn't have to. Wishful, naive thinking I know, but that's how I feel." She shrugged and proceeded to give directions where asked until the streets turned more familiar. That was when things went terrible, horribly wrong.

She released a startled gasp of sound at the sound of shattering glass and automatically took a step backwards to avoid the danger to herself. Amethyst eyes were wide at the words spoken and the crude language used. She blinked in surprise when her companion stepped in front of her but still found herself grateful for his protection. She would admit to being frightened, but she hid it well even if her lean form shook just slightly from all the danger. Her companion was trying to calm the situation but the drunkards weren't having it.

A flash of anger went through her at the foul name  her gender was referred to with, but didn't say anything so she wouldn't draw attention to herself unnecessarily. Then one of them hurled on the other and Yugi's nose crinkled up in disgust as she allowed herself to be led away from the two ruffians and the horrible night at large. Once they were far enough away, she moved forward and gripped her companion's arm for support as she took several deep breaths to steady herself before making a sarcastic quip before she could stop herself. "And that is why those that cannot hold their liquor shouldn't drink. Urg, I swear."

She was being sarcastic, but it was only to hide the fact that she was both angry and still a bit frightened from the situation. She realized eventually she was still indecently close to her companion and issued a sharp apology as she moved back from him again. She felt the need to say something, but what could even come close to appropriate in this situation. She should just focus on getting home without her parents realizing she'd left and be done with this entire horrible night.


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Atem arched a brow, a mixture between amused and curious with her actions and words as she drew close to his person. “I wish that were truly the case, but a drunken mouth speaks a sober heart, Miss. What they said now they would have when they were perfectly in their right minds. It’s not ideal, but it is my lot in life. At least here it is. I’ve encountered very few tolerant individuals in my years.” Sad, but true. She was one of the few white women that hadn’t treated him with outright distrust upon first meeting him. Now that wasn’t to say they didn’t look upon him with other emotions. He knew very well he wasn’t an ugly bastard. In his native lands, he’d have no shortage of suitors himself, but as it was he wasn’t home and there were few instances here where the opportunity actually arose for him to connect, at least physically, with another.

“It’s alright, I did not mind it. Though for your own safety, you should probably keep a distance. I doubt very much I would handle having something actually strike you that was meant for me well or, worse yet, be accused of forcing myself on you.” It was as much for her wellbeing as it was for himself. He knew who and what he was, and the further they walked into this affluent neighborhood, he began to get an idea of who she hid herself from.

“You cannot run from your problems, but I am sure you know that. I will not pry, that isn’t my place, but I will pray that whatever demons that chase you lose interest and torment someone else. You have been nothing but kind, and so I wish you the very best for what you are looking for.” He stopped some distance from a house whose number he saw on the tall brick walls that protected the front gardens. “Is there anything else I can help you with tonight, Miss?”


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What he said was true, but that didn't mean Yugi liked that it was so. Still, if nothing else she could be kind to him since he had saved her life and been nothing but cordial and polite to her in return. Besides, she liked his smile very much. She heard his words of not minding and she could see how he'd have to be used to this by now but it still wasn't very fair. It also wasn't any of her business and she had to remind herself of this sharply because it was very rude to pry and she knew better. They continued to walk in relatively comfortable silence until her companion spoke up again with a comment she wasn't expecting.

A troubled and sad expression crossed through her eyes before she hid it and she offered him instead a gentle smile at odds with the true nature of her feelings. She felt trapped and alone going home, but it wasn't his place to fix it and she didn't want him to anyway as that would be rude to ask of a stranger. Instead she looked resigned up at the brick home ahead and sighed before shaking her head. "No, there's no running away, there's only facing it head-on and hoping I come out on the other side relatively in tact. Thank you the kind words though, Sir."

Of course then they stopped as she was almost home and he turned to her and asked if there was anything he could help her with. She gave him another smile, this one more honest and shook her head. "No, I'll be fine. It won't be the first time I've climbed a tree to get to my room." She grinned suddenly, mischief lighting amethyst eyes for a moment and giving a hint to the woman underneath the facade before it faded again as she turned to face him, suddenly determined. "Before you leave though, I would know the name of the man that saved my life."

Even if this was the first and last time they would meet, she would rather know than not. So, taking a deep breath, she offered something in return. "My name is Yugi." It wasn't an European name clearly, and hinted more than any words could the possible reason she was so tolerant. It was also there in the cream of her skin and the slight up-tilt to her eyes. It had never bothered her, but it made her more tolerant of differences than most.


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Atem chuckled quietly. She was free spirited, wasn’t she? Climbing trees to escape from home for a night, running away to enjoy a night at the circus. We’re it not for the fact she’d risked a great deal tonight just for some fun, it might have been oddly romantic. “While I cannot exactly condone you climbing up something after tonight, if you’ve done it many times before then I’ve faith you’ll be fine to conquer it on your own.” He offered her a smile for her own in a gentle sort of exchange between the pair of them as she gave her name. The strangeness of it was not missed on him, though he clearly had no such room to judge her when he himself was decidedly different from everything around them.

“Atem, Miss.” His head dropped in a short, formal display. He was nothing if not gentlemanly as he had been with her the entirety of the evening. “For now, you best get to climbing. It is getting late; I wouldn’t want you to get caught.” Nevermind the fact he needed to get back as well, though he left this part out entirely. He would see her safely back inside her house before he shifted and took the more efficient, safer way home for someone of his color. He still had a bone to pick with Mahad, but more now he wished to speak with him. Her colors had been so vibrant, and he honestly couldn’t recall if they had always been so with any individual he could find himself interested in in the past. Perhaps his family had answers.


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Yugi grinned brightly at the chuckle she drew from her companion, feeling strangely proud of herself for her talent with climbing the trees. Despite the night, she still held no fear of heights and she doubted if that would change. Besides, it wasn't often she got to show off for someone that wouldn't scold her for it. When she got his name in return for her own, she decided it fit him well and was just as exotic as he was. "Atem then, well I'd best get inside and thank you again for walking me home. Goodnight."

After making certain the tie that lifted her skirt a bit higher had held - it had - she moved to the tree without a further word and with surprising agility and grace vaulted up into the tree before walking across a branch and jumping over into her open window. She always enjoyed this part and the thrill she got made the night just that bit better. She turned and waved to Atem before shutting her window and closing the curtains so she could change and go to bed. She'd think of a proper way to thank him later.

She was pretty much asleep the second her head hit the pillow and her little adventure was still a well-kept secret. Days passed and she finally decided how she would repay Atem for saving her life. So she made her excuses to her parents and headed off with a basket full of baked goods and some tea her Grandpa had taught her to make. It wasn't much, but at least it was something. Then she could call this mess done and move forward with her life. She reached the circus rather quickly then began to look around for someone to ask where she might find Atem. The place was huge, but surely it couldn't be that difficult.
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Days had passed and, for Atem, they were relatively uneventful. He had returned home that night without further issue much to his family’s relief. Afterwards he’d had a good throttling for Mahad whom had given him so much trouble that evening. From here he spoke to the Ring Master, assuring him he did not believe there would be any problems from the night which he seemed rather relieved to hear. Atem did not speak to Mahad until the following morning about the sharpness of the colors he had seen. His friend cautioned him as he imagined he would about getting involved with such a woman. Much to Mahad’s relief, Atem assured him he had no intention of continuing things beyond their brief encounter. He had simply wanted to know what it had been like for Mahad finding Mana.

So the experience was explained in great detail to him. A prism, he called her. It had been a kaleidoscope of colors which had assaulted him almost immediately. He’d held her gaze too long after drawing close, and that was the end of it. He’d barely been without color for eight years of his young life before he found her and they were bonded immediately as was their tradition. Atem took comfort in the knowledge the experience was wholly different from his own so, while he knew a perfect mate existed for him somewhere, he was confident this was not his chance.

Yet more days passed. Upon Yugi’s arrival to the circus she was greeted by a young man whom sold food during the various acts. He offered her the direction she needed to head, telling her “he’d most likely be practicing” and to just drop in because the family wasn’t particular about being bothered during performances.

Truth be told, Atem was in fact practicing, this time working on a dance routine with Mana as her mate was still incapacitated from his fall to perform the more elegant footwork. Despite this, he was still able to carry a tune and so he handled drums while Marik attended to more lively instruments. When Yugi arrived, she would be greeted with the strange, exotic sight of a surprisingly sensual dance which was, to be honest, the reason for the performance at all—to surprise and engage the crowd. Mana dipped and swayed with amazing grace and ease and where she bent, Atem lead and drove the movement. There was not a breath of space between the pair until Mana spoke, more sang, in time with the beat. “Down, now. To the floor, now.”

As if I’m cue, Atem dropped to his knees, eyes peering up to Mana as she circled him. One hand trailed around his chest and back as she circled him before the pair broke apart, back to a tight dance routine. Mana was in front of Atem who held her closely. Her hand reached back and up, tangling in spiky locks and, with the beat of the song ending, he held her there against him, chest slightly rising and falling from the exertion of his movements. His mouth hovered dangerously close to her throat as if to place a kiss there, though she did not seem bothered until a literal growl came from the man at her back.

She tensed, and Mahad and Marik rose up slowly. Mana raised a hand to still them. “I was worried this would happen.” Her voice was quiet, calm, and yet still Atem bared down on her throat. His hold had tightened. “It is happening more frequently now, Mahad. He’s losing himself.” A sharp growl erupted from her companion, and Mahad hissed a nite of displeasure. “Atem, you need to let go. She cannot help you. You can smell it. She belongs elsewhere. Let her go.”

Ishizu had heard the commotion from outside of the tent, moving in its direction when she spotted Yugi. “You’re the young woman from before, aren’t you?” It was terribly wrong of her to ask, and what was more it was risky, but Atem had mentioned there was color with this woman. She could snap him to his senses and prevent an incident before it got worse. “I hate to...Would you help me, Miss? He might listen to you...”


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Yugi was relieved when finally she found someone that directed her where to go. What she saw wasn't anything she'd ever seen before and she stayed quiet and watched for a while before a sudden tension filled the air and she swore she heard something like growling from more than one of the menfolk. She was confused, but didn't dare approach, what was going on? Then the woman from before approached her and asked for her help. What could she do though that his family couldn't? She didn't want the younger woman with him to be hurt though and it would be far from the first time she'd gone toe to toe with a man much larger than herself with the great possibility he could do her harm. She'd taken a hit for someone else before, and she could do it again.

Gathering her courage, she requested the woman next to her hold her basket, amethyst eyes still on Atem, before she nodded. "I...I'll try." She stepped forward with slow, confident steps but her gaze was only for Atem and the danger present. She didn't understand, but she didn't need to. She kept her calm and composure as she approached, then stopped a respectful distance away as if dealing with a wild animal. Taking a final breath to steady herself, she did what she did best and took a chance; issuing a sharp tone that was respectful but also wanting attention. "Atem!" Then she turned words spoken back to him in hopes that it would work.

"Atem, I need you to look at me, alright? Don't worry about them, just focus on me. Please? I came all this way to see you." The last was added to hopefully gain  his attention, but it was now up to Atem. She wasn't bold enough to touch him and risk the young woman in his grip, but maybe she could entice him away. She had no idea what was going on, but it didn't matter. All that mattered was the man before her and saving the young woman in his hold before a fight could break out.


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An outright snarl answered Yugi’s address of his person, something caused Ishizu to gasp and draw Marik back closer to her. Mahad refused to move while his mate was so close to harm’s doorstep, and Mana meanwhile remained perhaps the calmest of the lot. It was necessary; one wrong move on her part and she would be at the receiving end of a bite she couldn’t reciprocate as she was already bound. She worried for her friend, what this meant with his control slipping more often now, but mostly she worried for the young woman that had come and interfered. There was no guarantee he wouldn’t harm her either, not in this state.

Dark, feral eyes looked up from the vulnerable line of Mana’s throat as he regarded Yugi. Colors once more exploded over his vision, so bright and brilliant he was disoriented at first which gave Mana just the time she needed to rejoin her mate who drew her away. There was no where to direct his urge now, except for perhaps the woman that had blinded him so. He was quicker than any man his size should have been and he crossed the distance between them in mere moments, a flash of a second. He could pin her there against the wooden support post for the tent, his arms on either side of her as a deep, animalistic growl left him. Sharp, thick fangs were shown in his bared snarl, and wild crimson eyes bore down on her own amethyst.

She had his attention now of course, though whether she’d hold it was another matter entirely. From the corner, Mana spoke to Yugi. “Just talk to him. He won’t hurt you. Not with who you are.” She had to hope he would regain his senses soon, but this didn’t bode well for everything Yugi had seen already. Her friend was in a horrid state.


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The snarl that sounded had Yugi thinking that perhaps she'd failed but when finally crimson eyes moved to meet her own she knew she'd gotten his attention even as she never turned her gaze away from him. The other girl had gotten away, and all she had to do was hold her ground. She held her calm confidence just as tightly to herself even as she let out a gasp as Atem suddenly crossed the distance between them and pinned her against a wooden support beam, arms on either side of her small body trapping her there even as he held her gaze.

She saw the sharp fangs bared at her in a snarl, and noted the wild look in his eyes but she didn't back down now that she'd gotten his attention. She heard the words spoken to her, but didn't dare look away even as small hands lifted to press against a broad chest though there was no effort there to push him away more she was just touching him. Her voice went quiet and soothing even as she wondered just what the hell she'd gotten herself into. None of that showed through in her words though, so that was something at least. "Easy there, Atem, I'm not going anywhere."

She considered him, then started talking again. "You're so warm, you know, and it caught me off guard the first time we met. Not to mention I was caught between feeling mortified at your lack of attire and intrigued that you were so comfortable in your own skin. You're so different from anyone I've ever met before, and that's so very intriguing for someone like me. Mostly though, I just enjoyed having someone that smiled at me honestly and not because they wanted something from me." She gently pressed her hands against his chest, running small hands up onto his shoulders then back down to his chest again daringly before continuing.

"I can feel how strong you are when I'm touching you like this. It's there in the pull of muscles and you remind me so much of the big cats my Grandpa used to tell me stories about when I was a child. Also, just so you know, you are really huge and it sort of makes me embarrassed for being so short. Still, I did come here to try and find a way to thank you for saving my life. It was a relief, that day, to know that I wouldn't fall alone. So now, won't you talk to me? I brought you something, and then if you wanted you'd never have to see me again. I just wanted to thank you, for a memorable night no matter how it ended." She wasn't sure any of this was working, but neither was she going to back down. She could talk a wall into submission when she had to, so she was going to talk for as long as it took.