Ekaterina glanced over her shoulder at the ancient. He remained silent as he followed her, though his eyes looked her over occassionally--she knew it.
"What's your name?" he asked after a long while of silence.
"Why should I trust you with it?" she asked sharply without looking behind her. She was having to truly concentrate to find Dmitriy's path; he'd covered it well, and she couldn't follow Noel because they weren't of the same blood.
"It is only a name," Elias said, aiming for a light tone.
"Names have great power among my race."
He seemed to consider this for a few moments. "Such as?"
"Posession, external control of bodily functions, forcing the truth from people, among other examples. Sexual abuse is the most common."
"I promise you: my intentions are not--"
"Oh, I do not doubt it, ancient," Kat said in a somewhat mocking tone.
She suddenly caught a strong sense of Dmitriy and followed it. Her pace quickened and her mind focused almost completely on following the trail.
Elias grabbed her wrist suddenly and she practically screeched, snatching herself away from him and jumping back several feet. Her unconscious sparked flames all along both of her arms in an automatic response to her panic.
"Don't touch me," she whispered, looking at him with wide eyes.
"I am sorry, I didn't mean to--"
"Just don't touch me."
After a moment of staring at him, the flames died and she moved on quickly.
"May I ask why?" asked the vampire softly.
"You may, though I may not answer."
"Why don't you like to be touched?"
She stayed quiet, trying to think whether she should reply, or perhaps not. "It's because I got hurt. Very badly, by someone I cared about greatly."
"And this is your lover?" he said. He seemed to be trying not to be intrusive, which forced Kat to alter her thoughts of him a little.
"He was once my lover, and much more. We were both care too young for such matters but they ocurred nonetheless."
"Oh, isn't that a question indeed," she laughed sarcastically.
"I don't mean to intrude."
"You do not. It is common knowledge among both of our races what happened between us; I don't see why you shouldn't know." Elias kept silent, waiting patiently for her to continue. It was a while before she spoke again. "Well," she sighed, "I was pregnant, all was going well, we were happy with the life we were leading, and one day he just told me he was leaving me, that he couldn't be with me anymore. When I asked why and tried to stop him, men I didn't know burst from the shadows and grabbed me. They held me down and beat me when I tried to fight back. I watched Kaito looking down at me, and he didn't do anything. He just turned and left."
Elias clearly didn't know what to say, so he didn't say anything, for which she was grateful.
"I'm so sorry," he said eventually.
Kat just shook her head and kept walking.
After a while, she said, "Ekaterina."
"Ekaterina is my name."