Edward's smile grew wider at her reaction, and he gave a proper chuckle as she went on to explain. She was really quite something, and he savoured every bit of her sass. "Really? Goodness, well in that case it simply must have a mind of its own, and I cannot possibly be held accountable for its actions," he joked, incapable of keeping a straight face all the way to the end. "Hmm. No, you did not mention it before. How very interesting," he said softly.
He could breathe a little easier when she moved her hand again. He was sure that in time it wouldn't worry him so. At least no one in this world seemed to recoil from him as they had in his own time. It had been as if they might catch it, somehow. "Such a docile nature. I have never known a horse to be so sure and steady. He is well trained... or perhaps it is simply nature. It sounds like he is well suited to you. I do not imagine you would be prone to making your fright known, either. A little too much pride for that, perhaps." He did not mean it as a bad thing in the slightest.
He gave her a small shake of his head at her questions. Truthfully, there was probably some explaining to do there, but he did't feel like changing the tone so drastically. Not now. Not when he had something much more important on his mind. "Mm, no, not uncomfortable. You... surprise me, is all," he gave her the abbreviated explanation, low and steady and really not wanting her to suddenly back off.
And she didn't back off. He saw the slight incline, every part of her body language telling him his advances were welcomed. Why she should want a half-blind, one-handed wreck he had no idea, but she never seemed to see him like that. She had never treated him as such. And God, how he wanted her. How he'd dared to dream of it. The hand against her cheek slid back until fingers became lost in her locks, and he leaned in to close the little distance that remained between them. Lips touched tentatively to hers at first, and then moved with more firmness and certainty once she didn't flinch or pull away.