Halle blinked in only mildly surprise before nodding curtly. Fine. There was no sense in trying to persuade Mello into something he didn’t want to do. She was a bit frustrated that he still didn’t trust her after all she’d done for him but she supposed that was just the way he was. They hadn’t known each other long enough for him to trust her completely- or perhaps he just never trusted anyone that much at all.
“I was going to use a simple mental and physical therapy technique,” she answered calmly. “But if you want to continue living with that psychological trauma then go right ahead,”
She paused for a moment before tilting her head to the side, more curious than interrogative.
“Just how much do you trust me, Mello?”
Mello had huge trust issues — that much was true — all thanks to his mother. If one couldn’t trust their own parent, who else were they supposed to trust? No one. The blonde had decided this long ago, when he was still a child back in his home country. His life back then was far from perfect, but he’d give anything to be back in that house these days.
“…Oh.” He said dumbly, mentally cursing himself. If he’d have to put trust in at least one person, it would most likely be her. Unless his father was somehow still out there, though Mello highly doubted this.
A sigh before he sat. “I was wondering when you were gonna ask that question…” Frowning faintly, he refrained from tearing his eyes away from her false blues. However, the leather-clad genius did not provide her with an answer.
She didn’t chastise him for his response, nor did she push the matter but simply stared calmly, a slight frown on her face but merely standing there. Being there whether he wanted her to be or not. It was a strange partnership they had. she would not deny but they had a bond now no matter how much he wanted to deny it.
“I think you trust me more than you’d like to admit,” she said softly, keeping his gaze as evenly as he did and leaning in closer. Few people had ever gotten this close to the criminal and lived to tell the tale.