Poor little Princess without a Kingdom, without anything close to the fairytale she could have had. And she wasn't enjoying her life, even here, he suspected she was just drifting through, getting by because that was what she was supposed to do. She'd felt empty though, like there was something else out there for her. And Jim had every intention of finding just what that was for her. "Its important, having a purpose, having a goal. Something to strive for. I'd very much like to help you figure out what that is now you're here. And I know, I know how it looks. You're a smart girl and you know just who you're dealing with, don't you?"
He let his eyes drop to the menu for a second, just for a second, wheels within wheels, a plan forming even as he talked. "It must bother you, how much I know, how much I looked into your story and I'm sorry for that, I am, but do you not see that you're fascinating Emma. You really are, and all the more now I have you here with me."
The rose had gotten to her, the black one especially, rare as they were. He knew he'd been right to go there, calculated risk as it had been. The wine arrived as she was talking about her story and Jim had it poured for them, saying nothing as Emma was asked to order and ordering quickly himself before sending the waiter away. It wasn't important what they ate, not vital to any of this. But it would take some time to prepare so for now it was just them. Them and the staff and a sniper. Private as he liked it.
"I know, and I know she did what she needed to. It's admirable. But it's not a life, just surviving. You're here now, and you're doing better than surviving so how about you tell me what it is you want. Not what you need? Not what you have to do? What do you want Emma?" He sipped at his wine, watching her intently, trying to read her before she replied. He might not have been as good as Sherlock at instantly working out what someone had for lunch a week ago through the colour of their eyes or whatever ridiculous but annoyingly brilliant thing he did, but he did okay when he needed to, and he could fool anyone.