Watching Helena's reactions made Irene more than a little smug, and she smiled in return. Clearly Ms Wells was not used to people appreciating her beauty, a fact Irene would take advantage of if she could. "You're more than welcome. What's the phrase? Ah yes - I call it like I see it."
Oh, but her smirk was just enticing. "I'm used to flattery from those under me, not those equal to me, so please, do continue. I may have to reciprocate." she finished, with a sparkle in her eyes. Calling it flattery when speaking of her clients was an understatement however really. It was worship and adoration from them, but as Helena clearly had little experience of that aspect of Irene's life she would leave it as described. For now, at least.
The hand on her shoulder, the touch of someone not intending to maim her, was more than comforting. It was something she hadn't realised she'd needed until it happened. For a split second, every so briefly, she rested her cheek against Helena's hand and closed her eyes. It was only for a moment yet it grounded her in a way she couldn't appreciate more. "It...that...thank you again. Not being in my own world, and having him after me, it...well, knowing that I have people who care means a lot." She wasn't sure if she meant the future she had been to, or the time she was in now, but either way having the fondness of Helena to balance her fear of Jim was balancing in a way she hadn't expected. The Woman was used to being detached, to being alone and aloof and above all others, but here and now? She needed a friend.
Regaining her composure when they entered the living room, she listened carefully as the Farnsworth was explained. "I see. A video phone that never loses coverage? I can understand the appeal." In more ways than one. If he ever tried to take her again she would have it, and many other delightful uses came to mind. Placing it on the coffee table for now, she heard the kettle click and looked to the kitchen. "Would you like a cup of tea?" The last person I offered tea to in my own home had been catered to Buckingham Palace, but somehow she imagined Helena would be more open to the concept. "And please, make yourself comfortable. The couch simply envelops you, it's amazingly cosy."