He thanked her, and she was legitimately shocked. Being polite seemed to be something humanity stayed away from. Everyone always seemed to be in such a rush, frantic to move forward, hectically grasping for the next thing, the next new place. She understood forward motion. She understood that in nature, it was survival of the fittest. Even in today's society where a literal pecking order wasn't always in tact, it seemed to be innate for every creature to look out for number one and quickly move on. When did they take time to swim in a pond after a sorry excuse for a date? How often did they watch the setting sun over the horizon and count the stars floating in the night sky? Who had time to sit back and read poetry anymore?
Certainly not many people Raina had met.
That particular factor was what truly stood out when it come to this man. Aside from his lack of balancing skills, she thought with a laugh. That turned into a smirk on her face, lips widening and eyes brightening. She considered teasing him but if there were few people who took time to enjoy the world around them, there were even less who enjoyed being teased after a tumble. Playful or not, Raina wasn't one to get under people's skin. At least not intentionally. There had been in fact, many times when she's made a nuisance of herself. She avoided doing that purposefully.
"Considering how easily you helped me up, I don't think you needed much of my assistance." She explained easily as she watched him with his long coat. She was taken by surprise when he laid it upon her shoulders. Her eyes widened slightly but she took the offered coat and held it over her chest. She certainly didn't need it for the temperature. Cold air and water never seemed to affect her, something she only had in common with her grandfather. She could have easily be sitting out in the middle of winter, completely bare, and wouldn't feel a thing. It was the heat that really affected her, the rest was comfortable. But she was quite pleased that she wasn't flashing him anymore. As normal as it may be for her to be nude, most other people didn't tend to take to it well.
As he wrung out the water, Raina listened to him speak and shook her head ever so slightly. "I've never heard of him, but that poem was incredible. Is that book all of his works?" She asked curiously. Curiosity was definitely one of the traits that got the best out of her most times. She was constantly sticking her nose in everyone's business, not because she was particularly interested in what they were doing, but mostly to gain information about people.
Naturally inquisitive, Raina wanted to know everything about the world around her and the people who occupied it.
"Desmond," she repeated his name as she reached for one of his gloved hands. She wondered if it was cold enough out for someone to be wearing gloves, but didn't ask. She was afterall, the one who had been pretty much nude in front of a stranger. To each their own, mother would always say. Especially about the people she didn't understand. "I'm Raina. And no forgiveness is necessary. I wasn't exactly... decent." To say the least. It was then, during their introductions, that she noticed the brilliant color of his eyes. They were the most singularly extraordinary shade of blue. She almost felt like she could swim in them, just dive right into those vibrant corneas and float away. Her heartbeat rushed in excitement, as it always did when she found something beautiful.