Antimony had not, actually, intended for Dhein to take her hand, so when he did that, it both surprised her and left her torn between rolling her eyes or smiling again despite herself. The hand around her waist, against her jutting hipbone, made the withered muscles along her spine and down her legs tense. She half turned back towards the plant, extricating her hand from his, but though her posture remained stiffly upright, she notably did not immediately step away.
"The manner in which its energies can be channeled should tell us a great deal as to its nature. So then, our first task should be to construct foci for just such an endeavor. I don't think such materials will be terribly difficult to come by, even in this city."
"Song dogs barking at the break of dawn, lightning pushes the edges of a thunder storm. And these streets, quiet as a sleeping army, send their battered dreams to heaven."