Nick nodded, considering for a moment. After a long pause, he said at last, "You know... I might be able to be of more assistance if I knew what I was really dealing with." He smiled sideways at Alina. "You know... I mean, you can trust me. I give you my word that I won't...panic." He couldn't promise that he wouldn't be alarmed; this was a girl, clearly of some magic, who had great, dark beasts chasing after her. Obviously there was something large and deep afoot. He just didn't know what.