Darius raised an eyebrow when she said what she was, and he smiled. “I’ve met a few Naga in my life, but never a Sanskrit Naga. I hear your kind is quite rare.” It made her unique, and it made him like her all the more. It was true though – he had met a few Naga in the world, and that included a few here in San Francisco. One of them was part of the black market, even, and the other was hardly worth mentioning, simply because she was a whore. There was one little thing about Naga that he particularly liked, but he wasn’t about to mention that in the here and now. Not in front of someone who seemed more polite company than either of the two Naga he had met before now.
“Oh I hate the media,” he told her, “they never seem to get anything right. And they’re always poking around my shop, as though trying to decide if I’m peddling more than advertised.” The fact that he sold mortal flesh wasn’t a widely advertised thing. Most people knew that he catered to Wendigo and Kelpie specifically, and it was not difficult to deduce what that meant. But still, even with that knowledge, it didn’t deter people from coming to buy from him. The product he sold was good, and there was no doubt about that. He’d many return customers that always came back regularly for their orders. Some people ordered the same thing every week, and others had special orders. But every one of them came back to his shop. The security cameras he had in the shop told him that much.
“Sometimes things are best left in the past, yes,” he was a man that sounded as though he knew from experience, and that couldn’t be more true, “The same might be said for the Fae realm. I liked it there, but there is a reason I am here and not there. My parents, for example.” His mother never wanted him to begin with, and he’d never even seen his father. As far as he knew, both of them were dead, and it was easier to believe that then try to have hope that they were still out in either world, somewhere. And then, of course, there was his own family, and in the same sense, he believed it was easier for them to think him dead than to have hope that he was going to come back to them. He wasn’t. Not ever. He cut ties with them after his last child was born, and left his family in the South where they belonged, with a lot of his established fortune and a plantation to do with what they wanted. Since then he’d made another fortune, and so there was no love lost between him and his old life.
“Splendid,” he smiled again, “It’d be nice to have a day where I do little to nothing,” he laughed a bit, “I didn’t think this business would take off as it has. I knew it’d be popular, of course, but I am so busy now.” Being busy was not a bad thing, by far. But it was nice to have a life outside of work.
“That sounds like it was an experience. I do hope that no one was permanently affected by it. I hear that something like that might be traumatic to someone. The dying part, specifically.” He had heard that some were affected more than others. Fae had a funny way of being tricky, and the Unseelie Fae were the supposed ‘darker’ of the two factions. As a member of the Unseelie Fae, he didn’t see anything wrong with a little snafu making someone’s day a little interesting… it had meant to be in good fun, or at least, that was the way he understood it.
“Yes, I do. I wasn’t aware of the dense population of flesh eaters out here. I do suppose it makes sense, however. Cities often attract all kinds of different people.” He nodded when she said she couldn’t take free samples. That was understandable. When she asked if he’d like to join her for a swim, he said, “Of course. It’s been a while since I’ve swam in the ocean. Sounds fun.” And as it was stated, he sorely needed fun in his life. He stood up, then, putting his things to the side and offered his hand to the Naga to help her up, like the gentleman he was. “No time like the present. Last one in has to buy the other dinner?” He offered – and of course he was going to hang back, intentionally losing the little race to the water because he wanted to buy her dinner.