"I met a vampire once." She said, hoping that it would keep him from leaving so quickly. "At least once that I know of. He'd seemed kind in the beginning, though I guess I can sometimes be a little blind to what's in front of me, sometimes seeing what I want to see instead of what is actually there." Like with the satyr that evening. Turning slowly, she bent only a handful of inches to push the leg of her boot down once it was unzipped. Then she ran her fingers along the scar that rest on her slender calf. She stood and let her arms cross over her chest, almost to force herself to stand strong despite the aching memories. "He was distracted and I got away, but who knows what could have happened."
She looked up at him, tucking a piece of her hair behind her ear. "Since then I guess I've just been.. afraid." Afraid would have been an understatement if he could see inside of her. She always feared that Philip would come back for her, finish what he had started. It was a fear she'd never spoken to anyone about. She bit her bottom lip and turned her body back to him, slowly taking a few steps to close the distance between the two. "But you're not going to hurt me, are you." It wasn't a question, it was more a statement. "We've been alone all this time. If you wanted to, if you chose to, you already would have." That may not have been entirely true. She supposed it was possible that anyone could succumb to their cravings at any time.
But even with Desmond not looking at her, she felt like she could trust him. Of course she wanted to approach that with caution. Like most merfolk, they tended to be guarded when it came to their hearts. Not just in love, but in companion ships. It was why most merfolk will only come on shore to find a human mate. Her parents were a special pair who decided to stay together for life. Raina was also peculiar for choosing to believe in a romantic type of love and seeking out a soul mate instead of simply finding someone to procreate with and moving back into the ocean like many of her kind did. But Raina had always been a special mermaid. While she could act like the rest of them, there was more inside of her heart.
"You don't have to go." Her voice hitched slightly as she reached over and let her fingers touch his wrist.